Definition of carjacking in US English:



  • The action of violently stealing an occupied car.

    • ‘Police say more people are becoming victims of carjackings because thieves cannot bypass sophisticated security systems on modern vehicles.’
    • ‘A crackdown on criminal syndicates in the past few years has made it safer than it was, though anyone you meet will rattle off a few hair-raising tales of carjackings and robberies.’
    • ‘The threat of carjackings and kidnappings keeps people locked inside their houses.’
    • ‘The only people that should have the luxury to enjoy simulating murders, carjackings, and the killings of police officers are kids.’
    • ‘The officer expressed concern that the situation could worsen overnight after three shootings, looting and a number of attempted carjackings during the afternoon.’
    • ‘Reports of carjackings, assaults and forced evictions grew today, adding to an impression that recent improvements in security were evaporating.’
    • ‘As Bradsher himself notes, the advent of theft-proof auto locks spurred a rise in carjackings.’
    • ‘If there are about 40 actual carjackings involving violence in London a year, and 2.3million cars, this makes a 0.002 percent chance of a car getting carjacked.’
    • ‘The Government yesterday came under pressure to take action on street crime following a spate of carjackings and record levels of mobile phone thefts.’
    • ‘Many carjackings and kidnappings take place at traffic lights, where cars are forced to stop.’
    • ‘Recall that one reason carjackings have become popular is that it is much harder for criminals to steal unattended cars that have more technologically advanced anti-theft features.’
    • ‘Locals are already aware through the press there have been happenings that have unnerved people, such as carjackings.’
    • ‘The three killers were part of a loose-knit gang behind a major crimewave of carjackings and thefts that began around October last year.’
    • ‘Robbery, which also includes carjackings, across the division has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.’
    • ‘Because of high levels of crime in Gauteng, particularly violent crimes such as assaults, carjackings, and murder, the Gauteng Cabinet was particularly interested in using police resources effectively.’
    • ‘Armed robbery and carjackings are increasingly common in the capital, fuelled by rising poverty and the increasing availability of small arms.’
    • ‘Car crime is soaring, from staged accidents to carjackings, and it is drivers who will have to pay the price through higher motor premiums, the insurance industry warned last week.’
    • ‘You don't wait for the light simply because there are carjackings.’
    • ‘In London alone there were 664 reported carjackings in 2004, although police say the figure may be higher as carjacking is not usually recorded as a separate offence and is often treated as robbery.’
    • ‘In particular, they were seeking offenders behind 18 carjackings and similar crimes in the district so far this year.’


1990s: blend of car and hijacking.