A woman has been left badly shaken but uninjured after three men ordered her to hand over her car in south Belfast.
One of the men threatened the motorist with an iron bar during the incident on the Lisburn Road around 6pm on Tuesday.
Her silver Peugeot 206 car was driven away before being abandoned later in the evening in the St James Crescent area in the west of the city.
Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who saw the car to contact them at Musgrave Street station on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In a separate incident in west Belfast earlier on Tuesday, the male driver of a van making deliveries in Gransha Parade had his vehicle taken by women around 3pm.
The van was recovered a short time later at Avoca Court near Turf Lodge. While the driver was not injured, he was badly shaken as a result of his experience.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Grosvenor Road.
Early last year Belfast experienced a spike in the number of vehicle hijackings. In February 2012 South Belfast MLA Anna Lo was targeted by a man armed with a knife, however the would-be hijacker ran off without taking her car.
Police issued advice at the time calling on motorists to be extra vigilant, including a warning not to leave keys in the ignition when out of the vehicle, to be wary of anyone who tries to signal that there’s a problem with your car, and to park in well-lit areas where possible.