As reported on, written by Ben Hutchison

Milwaukee youth sick of seeing carjackings across the city are hoping to speak to their peers through a public service announcement they hope will be released in a couple of months.

The “Jack a car, Jack up your life” social media campaign is being created by the Running Rebels community organization and UniteMKE. The city’s Office of Violence Prevention is also supporting the effort.

In one scene, a man is seen stealing a car from a woman as she exits. In another, actor Victor Barnett pretends that a loved one died in a crash caused by a carjacking.

“We’re just really trying to spread the message that carjacking is a serious thing that’s going on and we’re trying to reduce the numbers, and put a stop to it,” said Barnett.

Nevaeh Rios is 14 years old. She started carjacking people when she was 12. After spending time in juvenile detention, she said she’s done with that lifestyle.

“It was either me keep staying up in jail, or my momma ending up burying me,” Rios said.

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