Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced the launch of a joint anti-carjacking public awareness campaign.
Aimed at raising awareness of the serious consequences carjackers face, the campaign will include billboards, bus placards and flyers. The message is that carjacking is a serious crime and those who engage in carjacking face severe consequences.
"Carjacking is not the same as taking a stolen car for a joyride," said Acting Prosecutor Murray. "When you pull out a gun or force someone out of their car unwillingly that is a serious crime and the penalties are severe if you are convicted. We want to send that message to young people who sometimes seem to view carjacking as nothing more than a theft."