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Detroit's Carjacking Problem Leading To New Nickname

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DETROIT- The threat of carjackings in Detroit increased so much in recent months that the city has formed a special police force, and a new nickname as a result of the spike.

Armed car thieves have become so common in the bankrupt metropolis that parts of Detroit are being referred to as "Carjack City."

Many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill their gas tank.

Convicted carjackers will now see their faces and prison sentences plastered onto billboards.

Authorities blame many of the carjackings, ironically, on improvements in vehicle security.

Anti-theft equipment, GPS systems and advanced locks now prevent many vehicles from being driven without a key in the ignition.

That makes it difficult or impossible for thieves to steal parked cars, leading them to target vehicles that are occupied.

Detroit police reported 720 carjackings last year.

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