Not to be confused with a car jack, a device for lifting up the body of a vehicle.

Carjacking is a robbery in which the item taken over is a motor vehicle. [1]


The word is a portmanteau of car and hijacking. The term was coined by EJ Mitchell, an editor with The Detroit News. [2] The News first used the term in a 1991 report on the murder of Ruth Wahl, a 22-year-old Detroit drugstore cashier who was killed when she would not surrender her Suzuki Sidekick, and in an investigative report examining the rash of what Detroit Police call "robbery armed unlawful driving away an automobile" [in dispatch slang shortened to R.A.-YOU-Da] plaguing Detroit. [3]

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Deutsch: Carjacking
Nederlands: Carjacking
português: Roubo de carro
svenska: Bilkapning