Data from vehicle tracking and recovery firm Netstar shows an uptick in remote jamming of vehicle immobilisers in the run-up to Black Friday and peak shopping periods.
The device used to jam the remote signals is often a customised version of a 400MHz gate or garage remote control, Netstar said, and while car-jamming is relatively common, perpetrators are rarely caught.
Netstar data shows a downward trend for car-jamming incidents over the course of the year, but there has been a steep increase over the past week, in the run-up to Black Friday and the subsequent peak festive shopping season, it said.
“The pandemic lockdown saw far less travel by South African motorists, and therefore fewer car-jamming incidents,” said Netstar chief technology officer Clifford de Wit. “However, as we’ve returned to a Level 1 lockdown, and perhaps due to more shopping towards the end of the year, we have seen a rise in car-jamming.”
Netstar figures show that after a gradual decline throughout the year, since the middle of November, car-jamming incidents have surged 66%.
De Wit recommended that motorists take the following precautions to reduce their chances of falling victim to car-jamming:
“Remote jamming stops the vehicle from receiving signals from your remote,” said de Wit. “It is like a noise in a room – anyone can talk, but the noise prevents people from hearing.”
He said that there is technology that proactively prevents this type of crime. “Tracking and jamming-prevention technology can detect and resist signals from potential jamming devices near where your vehicle is parked,” he said.
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