Remote jamming on the increase

2019-06-26 06:00
photo: andile sithole B-Secure officer Vusi Ngubane warns motorists about remote jamming devices.

photo: andile sithole B-Secure officer Vusi Ngubane warns motorists about remote jamming devices.

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MOTORISTS are being warned about the increase of remote jamming cases occurring mostly in parking lots in Greytown.

It’s alleged that the suspects are using remote jamming devices to break into cars. In a recent incident, a laptop was stolen from a car parked on Voortrekkers Street in Greytown. According to B–Secure officer Vusi Ngubane, the owner of a car parked his car and went inside the shopping centre.

“We suspect that the suspect used a remote jamming device when the owner left his car. A laptop was stolen. We received a call and responded. The suspect, in his late 30s, was spotted on the CCTV footage. A hunt was launched and we began looking for the suspect in and around Greytown. I and another officer spotted the suspect the following day walking up Bell Street. We followed him towards [the shopping centre. We were optimistic that the suspect matched the description of the man we saw in the video footage the day before,” Ngubane said.

Upon questioning, the suspect told the officers that he had sold the laptop. Police were alerted and the suspect led the police to the location of the buyer. “The owner of the laptop didn’t want to open a case, hence the laptop was recovered. The suspect led the police to the township, where the laptop was recovered from a buyer.

“We would like to warn members of the public to refrain from purchasing stolen goods. We have had numerous cases about remote jamming occurring in Greytown recently. We have noted with great concerns that such incidents occur in the afternoons at the shopping centres.

“We urge motorists to be careful before leaving their cars in the parking lots or on the side of the road.

“Criminals are always waiting to rob unsuspecting individuals.

“In this incident, the owner of the car was adamant that the doors were locked. When the officers interviewed the suspect, he said the doors were unlocked. Clearly, the suspect used a jamming device when the owner was trying to lock his car,” Ngubane said.

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