Protect Yourself From Staged Collisions

March 16, 2000

Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Los Angeles – Even in the best circumstances a vehicle collision is a traumatic experience for each and every person involved. However, according to experts within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), some vehicle collisions are more traumatic because they are not accidents, they are staged criminal conspiracies sometimes involving numerous criminal conspirators. These criminals intentionally place motorists in extreme danger by staging vehicle collisions for their own financial gain.

"The people involved in committing staged collisions have absolutely no regard for anyone," states Commander David J. Kalish, Department spokesperson. "The LAPD wants everyone in the community to know how to identify this crime and be able to take steps to protect themselves."

The LAPD, Financial Crimes Division, is suggesting the following tips to Los Angeles motorists to help protect them from becoming victims of staged vehicle collisions:

Some Driving Tips:

If you are involved in a collision on a busy street or highway your first and foremost thought should be your safety and the safety of your passengers.

Once you and your passengers are in a safe place, exchange information with the other motorist. Be aware of other people at the scene of the accident, approach them and obtain a statement of what they observed. Write down the statement, their names, addresses and telephone numbers.

Carry a disposable camera in the glove compartment of your vehicle. Take as many pictures of the other car and its passengers as possible. This will help LAPD detectives investigate your case.

If you suspect you have been the victim of a staged collision contact the LAPD as soon as possible.

There are many more strategies outlined in the LAPD’s "Staged Collision Information Circular." For more information contact the Community Relation Section, Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit at 213-485-3134.

For Release 11:00 am PST
March 16, 2000