As a South African, the words ‘remote jamming’ have become part of our vocabulary as much as “nou ons braai”. Sadly, crime is a reality in this country – it happens often, everywhere we look.
Remote jamming has been around since early 2011, with car parks all around South Africa affected by this phenomenon. It has become more prevalent than pickpocketing and is a serious concern. Let’s look at how it works and what you can do to avoid being jammed.
Remote jamming can be done with a basic gate remote. A criminal will be in close proximity to your vehicle and hold down the button on their remote at the same time that you push the remote for your car to lock. The signal from the criminal’s remote then interrupts the signal on your car remote, effectively stopping it from locking the car altogether.
Unaware victims then walk away from their vehicle, completely oblivious to the fact that they have been jammed, leaving their car unlocked and easy prey for criminals. Generally, there is no sign of a break-in, except for the fact that items are missing.
Since remote jamming became an issue in South Africa, most insurers have not covered stolen contents from motor vehicles as a result of remote jamming. Simply because there is no sign of forced entry and therefore no evidence that the vehicle was locked in the first place. Many people simply walk off forgetting to lock their car, so it is a tricky situation to prove.
However, insurers are more sensitive to the reality of remote jamming and how much it affects motorists around South Africa. It is best to speak with your insurance provider about what you are covered for.
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