Several thefts out of motor vehicles have occurred in Constantia Village over the past couple of months. None of the vehicles sustained any damage, so it was assumed that it was the work of a thief using a remote jamming device.
Remote jamming is where criminals use other remotes to prevent you from locking your vehicle with your key fob.
Since the vehicle is now – unknown to the driver – unlocked, the jammers gain access while you're away and steal either the contents or the vehicle itself.
With no signs of forced entry, it's very tricky to claim these losses from insurance, and the responsibility is ultimately with car owners to ensure that their vehicles are properly secured. Insurance companies are also cautioning motorists to avoid storing valuable items, house keys and important documents in their cars.
Below are nine tips to avoid remote jamming:
- Never leave items of interest lying in full view on car seats while driving or when leaving your car parked.
- Park your car in a secure car park where there are lots of other vehicles and ideally, security personnel.
- Lock your car when driving and when leaving it parked. When using a remote, physically double-check that your car has in fact been successfully locked.
- Empty your car at the end of each day to avoid it becoming cluttered with items that you don’t want stolen.
- Never leave house keys, your GPS or important papers in your car.
- Don’t leave the car’s registration papers in it.
- Install an alarm system in your car.
- Install window safety film.
- Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover on portable possessions you carry with you on a regular basis.