Kaya News Reporter
Before you walk away from your car, make sure you the alarm is on. Incidents of remote jamming are on the rise and below is a list of high risk cars.
Earlier this year, Gauteng was ranked as the province with the most hijackings with a record 9K+ reports. A 2017 CTrack report detailed which vehicle brands and models were the most targeted but now Fidelity ADT have released a more detailed list.
The security company warns South African motorists that incidents of remote jamming are now an everyday occurrence. Drivers are urged to double check their vehicles are locked when parked.
A common behaviour pattern with motorists is to press the alarm while walking away from their cars. Criminals use car jamming devices which uses signal-blocking technology that prevents the car from locking.
According to Fidelity ADT 12 incidents of car jamming were reported in the city last week, 6 occurring in Alberton, south of Johannesburg.
The following vehicles were considered high risk:
- Toyota Hilux
- VW Polo sedan
- Toyota Fortuner
- VW Polo hatchback
- Toyota Etios
- Ford Ranger
- Toyota Yaris
Vehicle owners are advised to avoid parking their cars outside their properties and to place all valuables in the boot. Ensure the vehicle is locked when parked at malls, schools and shops before leaving.
Don’t assume the car is locked after you’ve pressed the remote.
Apart from car jamming, hijackings in Gauteng also increased during Q1 2021/2022. Sandton was ranked the highest hijacking hotspot in the city, followed by Kempton Park, Tembisa, Olievenhoutbosch and Midrand.