Number of car-jamming incidents in Vryheid CBD escalates

A BUSINESS owner in the CBD is urging locals to rather opt to use their car keys instead of their remotes when locking their cars as remote jamming surges on.

According to this business owner, he has witnessed many customers being targeted by remote jammers as they often get out of their cars and only use the remote once they are a distance away.

“People need to just get back to using their keys, you can never be too careful when using the remote to lock your car,” he said.

Under the ‘it can’t possibly happen to me’ notion, many community members have been robbed of their belongings many times.

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Here are some other tips from The Telegraphy to help motorists stop thieves from stealing their valuables, or indeed, the car itself:

Check it’s locked, and check again

You can hear the central locking activating in most modern cars. The sound it makes is normally a heavy-sounding clunk or click. So stay close and listen as you press the remote button to lock your car, and make sure you hear the central locking activate. Many modern cars also feature a visual signal in the form of flashing indicators. If yours is set up like this, make sure those indicators do indeed flash too.

If you don’t get either of these aural or visual signals, it could be a sign that the fob isn’t working properly. That might mean your locking isn’t activating when it should, leaving your car unlocked and unprotected; if you have an alarm fitted, the likelihood is this won’t be activated either.

But the cause could be something more sinister. Security experts believe that some thieves use remote locking jammers to target cars – preventing the signal from your fob from reaching the car, and ensuring it stays unlocked so that they can steal whatever’s inside.

If you’re in any doubt whatsoever, it doesn’t hurt to double check your car is locked. A good way to do this is to pull the door handle before you walk away.

However, if yours is a car that features a keyless entry system, which unlocks the car for you automatically when you pull the door handle, this might simply re-open the car. In this case, the best way to verify that the car is locked is to look through the windows to check the internal locking mechanism.

This can take the form of pins on the top of the internal door panels which drop down when the car is locked, or catches on the internal handle which flip inwards toward the door. On some cars, the handles themselves move inwards when it’s in the locked position.

So if you’ve got a keyless entry system fitted to your car, get to know how your internal catches work, and check them through the windows before walking away.

Hide your belongings

Sounds like an obvious one, doesn’t it? But you’d be amazed how many people don’t bother. Satnav systems are the most obvious trinkets that get left on display, but mobile phones, wallets and cash are also theft magnets.

You should take these items with you if you can, but if you can’t, make sure they’re stashed well out of sight of prying eyes. Use your car’s glove compartment or boot, or if it’s fitted with one, the lidded storage compartment in the central console.

Don’t just think in terms of valuables, either. Bags, coats, and even jumpers are all attractive to a thief, even if they aren’t worth much, because of the possibility that they might conceal something that is, so don’t leave them in view on the seats.

Also be aware of leaving important paperwork in view, so that it isn’t targeted for the purposes of identity theft.

  AUTHOR
Sine Thwala

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