Jamming theft rising in Cape Town's CBD

2013-03-12 08:45

Cape Town - Police in Cape Town's CBD have warned that there has been an increase in the number of criminals who jam the alarms of car owners in the city centre.

The criminals block the cars’ central locking signals with a special electronic device, reported the Cape Times.

The Central City Improvement District (CCID) said the trend was becoming so common that an average of 10 criminals were arrested per month for this crime.

The men watched motorists parking their cars and when they activated their central locking, pressed their device, which blocked the signal of the car’s remote control.

While the owner thought his car was locked, it was in fact unlocked, and criminals could get into the car and steal what they want.

“People often look away or activate their alarm while walking away and they don’t notice that the car hasn’t been locked. The alarm lights will go off but people need to check that doors are locked or use the keys to close their cars,” said Muneeb Hendricks of the CCID.

Alarm jamming has been reported in other big cities around the country, but started in Cape Town in October, said Hendricks.

  • Elske Joubert - 2013-03-12 09:18

    If only these criminals will invest their 'talents' and 'resources' into something more constructive.. these guys arent dumb hey, they should use their brains to make an honest living.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2013-03-12 09:23

    "Special electronic device"? What's so special about a regular TV-type remote? An attempt was made on us in sleepy old Grahamstown early last year. Fortunately I don't trust electronic gizmos (how often I had a model 'plane fall out the sky because of some electronic glitch!) so I always wait at the car until I see and hear the door locks click down. In addition, of course, I never leave anything in the car - even the empty shopping bags stay in the boot! The kind of crooks who go in for this sort of theft rely on the laziness and stupidity of people - some people! You are quite right 'boerewors.braaivleis'.

  • Henry Vanderfartenburp - 2013-03-12 09:25

    Have you seen how easy it is to buy one of those devices? They're available online!

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-12 09:42

    Kaapse skelms!!

  • Fdee Psy Dalana - 2013-03-12 09:50

    this have been going on for a while now, e-news reported about this over a year ago.

  • lance.robile - 2013-03-12 09:53

    The remote i used to open and close my gates does this, i tried it on my car and it worked scary stuff!!

  • SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-12 10:18

    If you don't make sure your car is locked, it's your own fault if it is stolen.

      Stephen Paine - 2013-03-12 11:59

      How can it be your fault that someone robs you? What a stupid comment. You shouldn't need to live in fear..

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-12 21:09

      So being realistic is stupid? Hmmm...never thought of it that way...

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-12 10:57

    Mind in Cape Town they can also steal your wind when you try to break it!!

  • annalene.nel - 2013-03-12 10:59

    All the ANC rubbish relocating to CT in an attempt to take the WC from the DA.

      ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-12 11:23

      Awww come on! A thief is a thief is a thief. He may also happen to be ANC (or DA) but he is a thief before anything else!

      Ophelia Louw - 2013-03-12 12:03

      WOW!!! How ignorant can one be? So all criminals are ANC members? Do you evens think before you type? Spare us your lame comments.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-12 11:16

    I am going to keep my arlam with the central locking system, but.......I will now follow Mr Bean's way as well. Padlocks on the doors as well.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-03-12 11:30

    Maybe it is time to go back to the old fashioned wheel clamp. I laughed when I saw one the other day. Now I am thinking that it is not such a bad idea after all. Inconvenient yes, but safer than alarms.

  • Jeffrey Meneses - 2013-03-12 12:31

    Simple solution, just check that the doors locked!

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