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June 11th, 2014 by

140611RemoteRobber jpg - Remote jamming robbery on camera JOHANNESBURG – Insurance broker Aon South Africa on Tuesday released various advisories about the rise in incidents of car remote jamming and the point that criminals are not holding back on when and where their victims are targeted. In a series of three video clips, one victim who stopped at a convenience store in Midrand on her way home from work, only realised her laptop had been stolen after she had arrived home and found her boot empty. When she went back to the service station, security camera footage revealed these criminals are absolute masters at blending in and not drawing anyone’s attention. REMOTE JAMMING Aon South Africa ‘s Mandy Barrett explained 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.” She says, “Over the last few months we have noted around a 30 percent increase in reported incidents.”

According to Barrett, Areas being targeted include parking lots at schools and service stations, as most people leave valuables such as handbags, wallets, iPads and laptops in their cars while they walk their children into school or buy a snack at the forecourt store. She adds, “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. “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.”

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