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Car-remote jamming: what to look out for

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Car-remote jamming, a crime on the rise, has sparked concern within South Africa. VOC News spoke to Juliet McGuire, online editor of the women’s magazine, Women on Wheels.

McGuire who has written extensively about the issue of car-remote jamming, recently became a victim herself.

McGuire became a victim of car-remote jamming when an assailant jammed her car door at the Spar on Somerset road in Green Point. A very well dressed man casually approached her car and opened the drivers-door and took her laptop. He then proceeded to casually close the door and walk away.

As a matter that requires attention by the police, McGuire encourages victims of car-jamming to report these incidents.

Remote jamming, McGuire explains, is done “with the use of the everyday garage-door remote.” When pressed at the same time as a car remote, jams the signal of the car. The car then remains unlocked.

As a means to protect against car-remote jamming theft, individuals are encouraged to physically inspect their car doors after locking.

“[Thieves] know that you have things [in the boot space], so try not to keep things in the car. [But] if you do, make a 100 per cent sure that the car has locked as you walked away from it,” McGuire stressed.

These incidents are prevalent within bustling surroundings, such as shopping centres and coffee shops located on main roads.

Women on Wheels magazine is a supplement magazine that is released with Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Health and Leisure, and Good Health Keeping. The 2016 addition will focus on; safety, buying and selling cars, and a how-to guide.

VOC (Thakira Desai)

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