Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William E. Thornton
Carjacking is the intentional taking of a motor vehicle from the driver (private or commercial), in the presence of that person, or in the presence of the passenger, or any other person in lawful possession of the motor vehicle, by use of force or intimidation. It differs from other motor vehicle thefts, which do not include incidents in which the offender uses force or threats of force to obtain the vehicle from a victim. Carjackers often employ a weapon such as a handgun to complete their crime. By virtue of the use of a weapon, force, or threat of force, carjacking is classified as a form of armed robbery, carrying a more severe penalty than the crime of motor vehicle theft. While the use of the term carjacking is relatively new, motor vehicles have been forcefully taken from their owners since the advent of the automobile at the turn Through ...