Remote jamming is
constantly on the increase in Gardens
Gardens suburb of the Cape Town CBD is one of
the highest theft out of motor vehicle hotspots
in South Africa according to official 2006
police statistics. Criminal syndicates using
vehicle remote jamming devices in the area are
on the increase.
To organised crime
gangs remote jamming is one of the tools used to
enrich their syndicates, by stealing from the
naïve and unsuspecting public. Many crimes such
as theft out of motor vehicles, theft of motor
vehicles, hijacking of vehicles/trucks and
cargo, house and business robberies are
committed by using remote jamming.
Current Jamming Hotspots
(from Shell Garage to KFC)
Street (Next to Gardens Shopping
What is Jamming?
A remote jammer is
any device that deliberately blocks, jams or
interferes with authorised wireless
communications. Jamming can interfere with
various types of wireless equipment including
the alarm panel, cellular phone communication,
detectors, tracking systems and radio reporting
to a control room.
Footage of a car
jammer caught in the act in Buitenkant Street by
alert Neighbourhood Watch members.
The remote control
device below is designed and sold for automatic
garage doors and is a common device used by
remote jamming syndicates. It has a jamming
range up to 120 meters. Remember: Remote jammers
may sit undetectable in distant cars when jamming
your vehicle remote.
effect of Jamming:
Simply, when being
jammed, your car will not engage the locking
system and will thus not activate the alarm
system. As the systems are not activated the
alarm will not be functional during a break-in,
and no signals will be sent by the system, nor
received by any control room.
communication, and video systems, can also
malfunction when Wi-Fi links are being blocked
during criminal activity. These Wi-Fi blockers
are increasingly being used during hi-jacking
incidents, in order to block the GPS positioning
signals and GSM tracking radios. Vehicle
tracking and recovery then becomes a nightmare
for transport companies carrying high value
cargo, such as fuel, cigarettes, consumer
electronics, and brand name consumer goods.
The risk to the
public is that they might have no right to an
insurance claim after a “non-forced entry” theft
from motor vehicles.
What you can do about car remote jamming:
is the golden rule!
important rule is to make sure your car
is locked before you walk away.
When using a
remote, physically double-check that your
car has in fact been successfully locked
- manually check or test the doors and the
Never push the
remote locking while walking away from the
vehicle, watch and listen, to ensure that
the locks engage.
items of interest lying in full view on car
seats or in a hatchback, while driving or
when leaving your car parked.
carry a laptop or tablet in their vehicle,
and criminals are well aware of this fact.
Always back up your hard drive and make sure
you have a password in place, never openly
store your banking details.
possible always take expensive electronics
with you when you leave your vehicle.
Empty your car
at the end of each day to avoid it becoming
cluttered with items that you do not want
house keys or important papers (vehicle
registration papers) in your car.
alarm system in your car.
Park your car
in a secure car park where there are lots of
other vehicles and ideally, security
aware of your surroundings and keep a sharp
lookout for suspicious-looking people and
suspicious-looking people to security or
move your car to a safer place.
you have adequate insurance cover on the
portable possessions you carry with you on a
malls in our area have installed anti-jamming
systems, which prevent thousands of jamming
The South African
Police Services have educated their staff in
dealing with jamming related crimes; however, it
is still our duty to protect our own property.
There are also a
number of companies who sell early warning
systems, to alert motorists if there are jammers
active in the area.
Despite all of the
above measures, this phenomenon is still a part
of our daily lives, and remains on the increase.
So be aware of
your surroundings, and continuously vigilant, as
that is your best protection.
If you suspect vehicle remote jamming in our
area call the police immediately and contact
Gardens Watch by alerting our radio network if
you have a handheld radio.