Remote jamming caught on camera

2015-09-01 06:00
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Car-remote jamming is on the increase in the Hillcrest drivers are warned.

Photo: sourced Car-remote jamming is on the increase in the Hillcrest drivers are warned.

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TWO men have become the latest victims of remote jamming at a local shopping centre and are warning motorists not to fall victim to this growing crime.

One of the victims, Mr Smit, said his father-in-law was at a coffee shop at a local mall when his car was broken into by perpetrators jamming his remote.

He said at the same time another car was also robbed.

“After the incident we approached the centre management and got clear footage from CCTV cameras of the robbers, their car and how they operate. I was told by the security personnel that it is quite a common occurrence in the Hillcrest area,” said Smit.

In a separate incident, another victim, a 59-year-old man who didn’t want to be named, said he went to a local mall and left his laptop on the passenger-side floor.

“I knew I would only be gone for a few minutes so I didn’t take my laptop with me as it was to be a quick transaction,” said the businessman.

He got out of his vehicle, locked it as usual, and went to the bank however, when he returned the laptop and some CDs had been taken from the car, but there was no sign of a break-in.

“It was a well-lit area. I asked around the parking lot, but no one had seen anything. It’s frustrating to know someone can just open your car and take whatever they please. It is a syndicate watching and preying on victims.”

The man told people to always check if their vehicle is properly locked.

“Don’t ever take it for granted. Always double-check. I thought I was safe, but was sadly mistaken. It can happen to you.”

Hillcrest SAPS spokesperson Constable N. Manqele confirmed the incidents and said police are working to track the criminals, and said such incidents are on the increase in the area.

“We have received many reports of remote-jamming however, it is difficult to catch the perpetrators because they move around. The most important thing to do is make sure your motor vehicle is properly locked before leaving it.

“Do not leave items such as laptops, cellphones, bags and cash visible on your car seat. Lock them in the boot. Be aware of your surroundings as criminals are waiting to strike. Let us work together to fight against this crime.”

Manqele calls on the community to work with the police and report loiterers in parking lots.

SAPS can be contacted on 10111 or Hillcrest SAPS on

031 765 9134 or 031 765 9106

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