Guards hail anti-remote jamming device

2014-05-30 00:00

THE private security industry’s mother body wants to see if a device, touted as putting an end to remote jamming, is the real deal.

Kingdom Electronics, a Gauteng-based company, claims the hand-held device sets off an alarm when a remote jammer is used to prevent a car from being locked by the driver, which enables thieves to get into a vehicle and make off with valuables in seconds.

Car guards at Davenport Square in Durban have been given the device and claim that once the alarm is sounded they alert motorists who are heading away from their cars.

Natalie Zoutenbyk of Kingdom Electronics said the portable devices were popular with car guards.

Zoutenbyk said the devices were being used in Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg and Gauteng.

Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira) communications manager Siziwe Zuma said they were not aware of the device, but that contractors who employ car guards are required to register with Psira.

“We will send inspectors to look at the devices to ascertain if they are security devices or something else used to enforce security measures,” said Zuma.

JC Meyer, area manager for Nogada SA, a company that employs car guards at Davenport Square, said he had introduced the device in the province about seven months ago.

The portable device works within a 300-metres radius and it detects the same frequency from different devices that are used simultaneously, he said.

“When a thief uses a remote jammer both frequencies are picked up by the device which in turn gives a beeping sound and vibrates, alerting the guard to the presence of a criminal in the area,” said Meyer.

He said his guards communicate via two-way radios alerting all the guards at the particular centre to be on the lookout for the thief.

A guard at the centre, Baudouin Madengo, said the devices made their job easy. “We can now help motorists with this device. We work on the Brand Road side of the centre and the device can pick up a signal on the Helen Joseph Road. Once it vibrates, we communicate via the two-way radios and we target all the possible exits from the centre,” said Madengo.

Heather Rorick, chairperson of the Bul­wer Community Safety Forum, said she had heard about the device and hoped it would bring relief to the community. “I’m still to meet Madengo to get to understand how the device works,” she said.

The spike in remote jamming incidents has seen malls and shopping outlets placing warning signs alerting customers to the possibility that remote jammers may target them.

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