Thieves going high-tech with jammers

2012-09-20 22:22

Cape Town - There has been a rise in the theft of goods out of or from motor vehicles, with criminals now using devices to jam electronic locking systems, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

"Our research confirms that the use of remote control devices to prevent the automatic locking of doors - which has now become the second most-frequently used [method] employed to commit theft out of or from motor vehicles - may have led to this increase," he said, tabling the annual crime statistics in Cape Town.

The rise was during the period 1 April 2011, to 31 March this year.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, in his capacity as head of the SA Police Service's crime statistics research task team, said there were more people reporting they had returned to their parked car to find it unlocked, and what they had left inside stolen.

The police were working closely with "other partners" to reduce this problem, but it needed a "scientific solution".

The phenomenon was prevalent in shopping complex parking areas, he said.

According to the report, there were 130 475 reported cases of theft out of or from motor vehicles during 2011/12. This represents an almost 6% increase over the previous year's total of 123 091 cases.

Hardest hit were Gauteng motorists (39 228 cases), closely followed by their Western Cape counterparts (38 375 cases). The two provinces account for almost 60% of total theft from vehicle cases in the country.

  • savanajack - 2012-09-20 22:51

    dnt just walk away after parking ur vehicle coz u trust ur mobile locking, ensure that it s LOCKED n then walk.

      sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-10-03 15:23

      And lock your door as you stand there, not 5m from the car. I sometimes lock mine and then unlock and lock again quickly. Costs me a few more seconds but I feel safer!

  • vernon.thomas.146 - 2012-09-21 06:20

    I am pretty sure Beeld reported this in 2009 already? Anyways, this is what happened to me. And you don't even realise until you come back to find your belongings missing :-)

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-21 06:30

    why on earth are these things sold in the first place?

      my10cent - 2012-09-21 07:40

      @jacqui, it is a standard gate-/garage door remote. Almost everybody has one.

      aarchaic - 2012-09-21 08:31

      yes any Multi frequency gate remote can block your cars electronic locking nothing hi-tech about that... its cause they all use the same frequency band and when activated your cars receiver is blocked from your remote.

      NeoAcheron - 2012-09-21 08:51

      Its not really "blocking" the signal, it's just interfering with it. Think of it as two people screaming different things at a third person at the same time. Luckily, these things usually send out short "bursts" of information, so if you repeatedly press your car remote (say three times) it should always lock (also depends on the vehicle). All cars are different, I tested it with a bunch of different cars when family comes to visit, and I've found that older Tata's are not affected :-P all the fancy cars are. But nothing beats looking and checking if your car is locked of not, it will take seconds of your time, but you will have peace of mind and all your stuff should still be there.

  • howard.ware.98 - 2012-09-21 07:01

    Please note, you do not need a special device to disrupt the cars remote signal. Most two way radios that cover the 400mhz band will disrupt if on a close frequency and transmitting at the same time. The best way to deal with this is as Savanajack says. Stand and make sure your car is locked. I am sure though, some people are using this as a method to try and claim from their insurance, with out an actual theft. Most insurance companies are stating that they will not honour this type of theft, as there has been no physical break 2c worth

  • JohannP - 2012-09-21 07:02

    107 reported cases of car breakins in a day in Gauteng alone, and these clever people only figure out now that they're using a simple house hold item to prevent your car from locking??? Yes it was reported before. After the shootout at the Bryanston school. This is no high tech stuff people. Vehicle manufacturers should figure out a way to prevent those \other\ remotes from jamming your car's remote.

  • george.pito - 2012-09-21 07:19

    Nothing Hi Tech abt it. The Blue remotes they use just has no RC circuit and keeps on transmitting giving the the other units no time to listen. Just make sure youre signal reached your car. Or ban the blue remotes

      JohannP - 2012-09-21 07:22

      I stopped short of saying exactly what they are using, but now they know...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:13

      George.pito. I hope would be car burglers are not reading what you just wrote.

  • my10cent - 2012-09-21 07:41

    Electronics has always been unpredictable, therefore never leave your car without double checking that the doors are locked.

  • suraj.chaithram - 2012-09-21 07:46

    Maybe its just me but every person these days are taking measures to prevent theft of assets, including myself. We have become so consumed in protecting ourselves that we actually forget that we should not have to protect ourselves agaisnt theses ruthless b*stards cos we live in a "free" country. Oh wait sorry the working class keeping on paying up whilst every other citizen reaps the benefits. Damn this is a messed up society we live in.

  • Blixum - 2012-09-21 08:54

    Can we, in terms of the Consumer Protection Act, claim back any losses from the car manufacturers as their device did not securely lock my car?

  • SteVmphO - 2012-09-21 12:56

    really now, mr mthethwa? lol

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:11

    If they could only jam their heads between two doors and leave it there we won't mind.

  • samgaf - 2012-09-25 20:25

    what are the stats for 20yrs ago???

  • Kalimowakene - 2012-10-06 03:28

    Something must be done to eliminate theft by getting to the root causes of why ppl steal other ppl's properties. punish those who buy stolen good heavily, punish thieves and create jobs so that the youth(who are the most culprits) get their own money and elders (who are most victims) will live in peace. this society is moving from bad to worse..guys go to school and get jobs stop stealing...

  • trefor.williams.395 - 2012-10-06 06:34

    Any garage door remote control will jam your car remote. Press and hold garage remote then try and lock your car via remote and see. Car will not lock. Try it for yourself.

  • samgaf - 2012-11-06 21:35

    criminals are hi-tech and the cops are still in the Dark Ages

  • chrisfourielipman - 2012-11-06 22:11

    6% Increase for items being stolen out of vehicles due to driver stupidity, come on Mzwandile, why not pay more attention to other more serious crimes, or is it a case of you we're a victim yourself and now it's important for you to try and do something about it??

  • Kenn Webb - 2013-03-12 09:52

    Any garage or gate remote works. The device is nothing special! When you are locking your car a thief just pushes his remote. Your lights flash, but the doors are NOT locked. Always check your doors are locked before leaving the car. Better still try your gate remote to see how simple it is.

  • Clever Intelligence Unity - 2014-11-10 07:39

    Try RFD-07 Anti Auto Thief by Remote Control to protect your car.

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