By Kaya 959 Reporter
As the country heads towards the festive season, car owners are being urged to be on the lookout for car jammers.
According to car-tracking company, Netstar, data shows a steep increase in car jamming incidents over the past week.
“The pandemic lockdown saw far less travel by South African motorists, and therefore fewer car-jamming incidents,” says the company’s Chief Technology Officer Clifford de Wit.
“However, as we’ve returned to a Level 1 lockdown, and perhaps due to more shopping towards the end of the year, we have seen a rise in car-jamming.”
De Wit says their figures show that there was a gradual decline throughout the year. However, since the middle of November, car-jamming events have increased by 66,6%.
“Remote jamming stops the vehicle [from] receiving signals from your remote,” explains de Wit.
“It is like a noise in a room – anyone can talk, but the noise prevents people from hearing,” he says.
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De Wit has advised motorists to consider installing jamming-resistance devices on their vehicles.
“There is technology that can proactively prevent crime and enhance safety and peace of mind for motorists.
“Tracking and jamming-prevention technology can detect and resist signals from potential jamming devices near where your vehicle is parked,” he says.
Here’s a look at what De Wit says motorists should do to avoid falling prey to car-jamming incidents:
Listen for the sound your car makes when it locks. Wait and watch the car lights flash to indicate it is locked.
Physically check that your vehicle is locked, using the door handle. Don’t simply press your vehicle remote and walk away.
Park as close to the entrance of shopping centres as possible. There are usually crowds in this area, and security cameras.
If you have difficulty locking your car, move your car to a safer spot, or leave.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If you see any suspicious individuals around the parking area, notify security.