3 arrested with suspected jamming device

2012-01-26 21:29

Johannesburg - Three men suspected of using a remote control device to jam car locks have been arrested in Rosebank, Johannesburg police said on Thursday.

They were found in possession of the device, several music CDs and a cellphone around 14:00 on Wednesday, Lietenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said in a statement.

"The arrests came after a member of the public contacted the police about the suspicious movements of the suspects.

"They were found in possession of goods suspected to have been stolen from vehicles."

Dlamini said it was not yet known which car was broken into and police were appealing to the victim to come forward.

He said the exact location where the suspects were arrested could not be disclosed to avoid scaring off anyone operating in a syndicate.

Police were trying to establish whether the remote control the three were found with could have been used to jam cars' remote locking systems.

The three, aged between 22 and 27, were expected to appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Friday.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-26 21:47

    'Jamming device'? its a garage remote you idiots.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 08:01

      100% right. A jamming device intercepts radio signals, jam them and send them back. That is NOT a jamming device.

      Grimmister - 2012-01-27 08:26

      Well...looks like I have to remove my gate remote from my bunch of keys....just to be safe...I would not like to be accused of having a jamming device.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-26 21:51

    'Police were trying to establish whether the remote control the three were found with could have been used to jam cars' remote locking systems.' Go to car with remote activated locking/alarm. Hold down the button on the 'Jamming Device' and see if you can switch the car alarm on and off. Its not exactly rocket science.

      Bryn - 2012-01-26 22:45

      As I understand it the jamming devices simply prevent people from locking their cars.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-27 06:50

      to clarify: while holding the button on the 'jamming device' try to set/unset car locking system/alarm (which are usually linked) using the cars original device.

      Merven - 2012-01-27 08:09

      It is a device that blocks the signal on the way to the vehicle preventing the signal from locking the vehicle. So no, your 'rocket scientist' clever idea won't work. It is like when they steal a car, they put a space blanket (what paramedics use) over the car, it prevent the tracking device from contacting the satellite, warning the company from where they are.

      Billy - 2012-01-27 08:34

      @Merven - Oh that's easy then - the cops must just be on the lookout for cars driving around covered with space blankets. Stop spreading these urban myths!

      George - 2012-01-27 08:47

      So what you are saying, if you see a car covered with a space blanket on the road or on the back of a truck, the chances are that it is being stolen

      Multi - 2012-01-27 09:59

      @Merven. Read my clarification under my initial post (which was ambiguous). I've tested it on two separate cars (with consent from the owners) to demonstrate the vulnerability to my friends and family. It worked both times. I used the remote for the electric gate my landlady installed. The gate remote interferes somehow with the signal from the car remote and prevents setting and unsetting of the alarm and the locking system. I've only got one remote that can do it though so I think its got something to do with the signal strength and/or frequency the remote transmits at.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-27 11:22

      space blankets and jammers, astonishing findings, a cure for it all lock your car manually and make sure its locked...its worked for me...touch wood...

  • Emile - 2012-01-27 08:26

    Jam them between their legs!!!!!!

  • Jacqueline - 2012-01-27 09:43

    Whahahaha!!!! It’s much more fun reading all your “comments” than the actual article, be rude, intolerable and “my opinion only counts” to each other (sarcastic) it defines freedom of opinion

      vlarismam - 2012-01-27 09:54

      I agree - can't survive without my daily dose of comic comments on News24!

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-27 13:12

    Gotta love all your comments guyz!More entertaining than Juju's utterances...

  • Richard Visser - 2013-10-24 09:48

    As a victim of such a crime you loose twice. Your property is stolen and then the insurance refuse to pay because according to them you left your car open because there is no evidence of forced entry!!

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