Following a series of car jamming incidents Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) cautions South Africans to be alert of this emergent crime.
Car jamming occurs when criminals block a car’s remote by using an appliance that operates on the same frequency. “It is official, the signal from an electronic gate controller could interfere with your remote vehicle locking system,” says Gari Dombo, MD of AFI.
Most manufacturers of car and gate remotes use a fixed frequency of 433MHz. If two remote controls operating on the same frequency are activated simultaneously and within range of each other, the signals they are transmitting can interfere with each other with the result that the vehicle may not lock when you expect it to.
Dombo encourages policy holders to read the fine print of their policies as most policies will not cover property stolen from your vehicle where there has not been forced entry. Other policies only cover property that is locked in the boot.
Dombo recommends that drivers take the following precautions when parking their car:
- Don’t walk away from your car unless you have actually heard the car lock – or seen the light flicker confirming that the car is locked.
- Physically check that your doors and boot are locked.
- Lock away all your valuables so that they are not visible to thieves.
Adding visible security accessories, like a gear or steering wheel lock may deter thieves from stealing the vehicle.
However, until we find a solution to car jamming, we recommend that you follow the precautions outlined above, suggests Dombo.