How it works:
- Situation: this is uncommon, although both tourists (near the airport) and locals (men over 55 driving older cars) have reported such cases.
- Set-up: bandits will slash/puncture your tires and follow you and wait for the tire to blow out. Once that happens, they signal you to stop and offer to help you change the tire. This is to distract you so an accomplice can steal from your car.
Places to beware:
- San Jose
What to do:
- Keep doors locked, windows up and avoid exposing valuables in your car.
- Stop a distance away before coming to check on your car. If there is any damage, call your car rental company for advice.