Wednesday 15th September 1993
FBI Director William S. Sessions promised a new national campaign to stem carjacking and other car-related crimes. Approximately 35,000 carjackings occurred in the US during 1992, the year prior to the FBI announcement. Although carjackings accounted for only 2% of the total vehicle thefts, their possibility remained ever present in the public consciousness. Perhaps one reason that Americans found this new crime so alarming was that 77% of carjackers carried a weapon, usually a handgun.