When you park your car and click your remote to lock, you probably don’t give the action a second thought… We place a lot of trust in that plastic remote, and criminals know this.
Car jamming happens when criminals prevent your car from locking by using a modified remote to override yours to steal your property. This has become such a common occurrence that many shopping centres, filling stations and public parking areas now warn customers about the possibility.
While car and household contents insurance is essential to protect your hard-earned property against loss or damage caused by theft, many insurers in South Africa don’t cover car jamming, as it is not considered ‘forcible entry’. Fortunately, a few quick and simple safety tactics can greatly reduce your odds of becoming a target or lessen the consequences:
Be vigilant when parking your car. Take note of any people in the vicinity, and try to park in well-lit and populated areas.
Make sure you watch and hear the locks engage when you press the lock button on your remote and physically test the doors for good measure.
Many people carry a laptop or other electronics in their vehicles and criminals are well aware of this. Always back up your hard drive, make sure you have a password in place, and never store your banking details in a file that can be found on your device.
It’s better to take expensive electronics with you when you leave your car; you may attract the attention of criminals if they see you loading gear into the boot.