Be on alert for car jamming
Car-jamming is on the rise at an alarming rate in neighbouring South Africa. People are also losing not only handbags, wallets and the like, but, laptops, tablets and smart phones which very often contain irreplaceable data.
What happens is that criminals who spot a driver walking away from their parked car quickly interfere with the remote’s automatic locking button, using a household remote to block the vehicle remote sensor from reaching and locking the car.
Through causing interruptions in the signal by the criminal’s household remote, the driver’s car is prevented from being locked, unknown to the driver.
The only way to protect yourselves from car jamming is to make sure that you personally check and double-check your vehicle, to make sure it is properly locked and to remove valuables from it.
Aon’s Mandy Barrett explained how car remote jamming works: “Remote jamming involves the blocking of car remotes using a household remote. Both 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 a 30% increase in reported incidents. However, we expect the real figures to be significantly under-reported as many victims don’t bother to report the crime to their insurer as any resultant loss is usually not covered under an insurance policy unless there are signs of forced or violent entry.”
Barrett added that areas being targeted included car parks at schools and service stations; most people left handbags, wallets, ipads and laptops in their car while walking their children into school or visiting a store.
“Shopping centres are also a favourite hunting ground. Criminals are usually parked close by looking for targets, and casually walk up and help themselves, in most instances not attracting attention.”
Below are some tips: Remove valuables from your vehi- cle or keep them out of sight.
Park in a busy area with security nearby. Have a working alarm. Don’t keep your vehicle registration papers in it.
Remove all house keys and access cards.
Car jamming is a scary truth and it can happen to anyone. Be vigilant and make sure you are aware of your surroundings and your vehicle. — Cape Times
THE BMW i remote and Porsche Car Connect apps can now be synched through the apple Watch.