During these incidents, valuables are stolen form your car
Car jamming has become a prevalent criminal practice in South Africa and it’s done with a remote control often very similar to the ones used to open entrance gates or garage doors. During these incidents, valuable items such as cell phones, cameras, handbags etc are stolen out of the vehicles.
Aon South Africa‘s Mandy Barrett explaines how car remote jamming works:
“Remote jamming involves the blocking of car remotes using a household remote. Both car and household remotes operate at a 400 megahertz frequency and criminals effectively prevent the locking action of the car from being activated. They then have easy access to the vehicle and your valuables without any forced entry. Over the last few months we have noted around a 30 percent increase in reported incidents.”
Areas being targeted include parking lots at schools and service stations, as most people leave valuables such as handbags, wallets and laptops in their cars. Criminals are usually parked close by looking for targets, and casually walk up and help themselves, in most instances not even drawing anyone’s attention. Barrett says the only real defence against falling victim to remote jamming is to mitigate the risk by being aware of the practice and personally checking that car doors are locked.
Barret further advises, “Make sure you hear the beep of your alarm system and the audible sound of the locking mechanism. Then physically check your doors and boot to make sure. It goes without saying that your valuables should be kept locked in your boot and out of sight.”