You know things are getting ridiculous with Detroit when Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers (!), is talking you-know-what about the Detroit Pistons. Now a story from the Associated Press piles on, declaring Detroiters "under siege in 'Carjack City.'" The nickname doesn't refer to the entire Detroit area, just "parts of the bankrupt metropolis," one of the symptoms being that motorists are afraid to get out and pump gas.

Put in perspective, in 2008 there were 1,231 carjackings reported, in 2011 there were close to 850 reported, in 2013 there were 720 carjackings and through May 19 this year there have been 191, making last year's annualized rate 60 per month well above this year's rate of 42.2 per month. Comparatively, Newark, New Jersey's carjacking rate has doubled since 2007, with 382 incidents last year - and 475 in its County - placing it above the per capita rate of Detroit, whereas El Paso, TX suffered only 15 carjackings in 2013.

Gas stations in Detroit are signing up and paying up to be of more help to consumers, though. A "Lighthouse" program run in cooperation with the police certifies 24-hour stations as safe havens once they have installed good lighting and security cameras, have employees who will assist drivers and allow drivers to use their phone for emergency calls. Taking their own initiative, one motorist quoted in the article wears a gun on his hip when he pumps gas, another one won't ever stop for gas at night and runs red lights if she happens to be in the city after sundown.

Yet even though the numbers might not justify the "Carjack City" moniker by themselves, quotes like this one given by an Oakland County, Michigan executive to the New Yorker are sure to make the flames fly higher: "Before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That's just a call for a carjacking."

You can watch the video accompanying the AP piece below.



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      dovegraybird
      • 9 Months Ago
      Loved the wagon in the picture. I remember driving a Country Squire off the lot in 1976. It was a sad day actually. First off, at the time I was a diehard GM fan, but my brother-in-law worked for Ford and we needed his discount. Then there was the fact I traded in my red and black 442 for it. Reality was, that wagon was my final transition to responsible family man, the carefree days gone at 28. Looking back that wagon ended up to be full of fun memories, family vacations and camping when my kids were young. Had a lot of torque, but was a bit anemic. The passenger side trim didn't line up to well, standard for the day. Yet considering the problems most people had with cars of the era, that wagon was damn dependable, and served me well for 7 years. Think I had 120k on it in the end. Sorry, just realized I was a typical old man getting sidetracked by a memory and rambling on. One day it will happen to you too. I guess there was a story about Detroit under the picture. In my head, my story was better.
        PiCASSO
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dovegraybird
        Thank you for sharing... brings back some of our old family trips.
      Henry
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't know about you guys, but I am more enamored with the behemoth and boat in the picture above. Wow, those were the days.
        Rick Hamilton
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Henry
        Henry, it's a fake, does anyone notice how the car is not all rusted out?
          CJ_313
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Rick Hamilton
          It looks like it probably has more signs of use than can be seen in that picture, judging from the missing trim and hubcap. The picture is also likely close to 10 years old, judging from the price of gas in the background.
          CJ_313
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Rick Hamilton
          It looks like it probably has more signs of use than can be seen in that picture, judging from the missing trim and hubcap. The picture is also likely close to 10 years old, judging from the price of gas in the background.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't care what city you are at, pay attention too your surroundings, and don't let your guard down. Plus I don't go to no gas station at night time anyway.
      imoore
      • 9 Months Ago
      And to think one of these still exist. I haven't seen one of those wagons since the mid-1980's. I thought they were all in the junkyard.
      Chicken Chimi Chunga
      • 9 Months Ago
      $2.75 a gallon? If that picture's current the rest of the country is getting jacked lol.
        CJ_313
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Chicken Chimi Chunga
        It's roughly $1/gallon higher than that here currently, although you can find it for around $3.65-$3.70/gallon if you're willing to travel to the more questionable areas to get it.
      BGJ
      • 9 Months Ago
      So the data shows the rate of carjackings in Detroit are down by over 40% since 2008. Yet the headline reads "Is Detroit Becoming Carjack City?" instead of "Detroit used to be Carjack City". Interesting spin by the "press". Corporate takeover of the free press will be the end of America, we have turned into a banana republic.
        tylermars.design
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BGJ
        I agree. Extremely misleading.
        Dark Gnat
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BGJ
        Stories like this are an example of how the media is losing credibility.
        yonomo200
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BGJ
        If there is something negative published about Detroit or Detroit automakers, you can count on Ramsey or Turkis to jump on it post haste, with little regard for actually checking the whole story from other sources. As for nobody being left in Detroit, (as I have read elsewhere in this thread) I am quite sure people around here haven't seen the whole of that story either. http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/27/real_estate/downtown-detroit/
      Hampton
      • 9 Months Ago
      Detroit is what happens when liberal democrats and unions run amuck
        Teleny411
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hampton
        No. It's what happens when good paying jobs get shipped overseas by the same capitalists that get tax breaks.
          Jake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Teleny411
          You mean those good paying automotive jobs that all those foreign companies are putting in the states that aren't controlled by union thugs and moron Democrats?
          Eco-Dork
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Teleny411
          You mean the jobs leave because liberals and unions make it impossible to do business. FYI more taxes, regulations, and red tape is never good for business.
          David MacGillis
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Teleny411
          Those good paying jobs aren't overseas, they are in the suburbs of Detroit less than 50 miles from downtown in most cases. They didn't leave the country, they just left Detroit because it was a hostile place to do business.
        superchan7
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hampton
        Ever heard of San Francisco and Los Angeles, how those towns are getting run into the ground?
      D
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is what you get when you let the Democraps run a city......into the ground.
        Dr. Claw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @D
        Your comment (as well as those of TooManyCars and N.O.) is what you get when you give racists computers. Ditto for the 7 people who voted that crappy comment up.
      churchmotor
      • 9 Months Ago
      Poor Knightrider_6
      John J
      • 9 Months Ago
      Concealed Carry handgun laws in Texas allow you to leave a loaded weapon exposed on the seat beside you. Would be car-jackers get shot through the window glass and the "victim" drives off, leaving his would be assailant in the street. He may lay unaided (if he lives) because folks feel he got what he deserved. Attempts in parking lots may garner multiple gunshot wounds from multiple guns...again he may lay unaided on the blacktop..."Gun Control" works...In Texas. 1 a month in El Paso, compared to 2 per day in Detroit, where you aren't allowed to even own a gun...let alone carry it. Guess where I moved to?????? ...and I "carry"!
        HUMANMPC2000
        • 9 Months Ago
        @John J
        In the state of Michigan is legal too open carry a firearm,as long as the person has lawful intent. And Michigan also has a conceal carry law but the person must be issued permit by the county sheriff.
        tDames
        • 9 Months Ago
        @John J
        Only downside is, if the person know you have a gun, you'll probably get shot first because they know you can get the upper hand.
        David MacGillis
        • 9 Months Ago
        @John J
        You can carry a gun in Michigan. Open with no permit and concealed with a permit.
        clquake
        • 9 Months Ago
        @John J
        If they know you're armed, they'll just shoot you first, drag your body out of the driver seat, and hop in and take possession of their new to them car and gun. Having a gun doesn't do anything unless you know for sure they're going to carjack you.
      churchmotor
      • 9 Months Ago
      How many people left living in Detroit 1/2 million?
      tenspeeder
      • 9 Months Ago
      Since there are less and less homes worth breaking into around Detroit, might as well shift their focus to cars.
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