Prevent car jamming in 4 steps

Here’s what you can do to prevent car jamming and stop your belongings and your car from being stolen.

Don’t click and walk

This is probably the most important rule, which is why we’re putting it up front and centre. It’s simple: Don’t click and walk.

Push the remote to arm your car while you’re standing there, and then try the door and boot to make sure that they’re locked.

If not, then either a jammer is active or your remote battery is failing. You should move your car to a different spot and try again. If your car locks then it was either a remote glitch or you successfully evaded a remote jammer.

Either way, report the incident to security or centre management.

Be aware and report suspicious behaviour

There’s no need to get all twitchy every time you leave your car. But it pays to be aware of your surroundings and note suspicious people or activities, then head straight to security or centre management and report them.

Keep your belongings out of sight

Don’t leave your handbag, cellphone, shopping bags, or any other enticing items lying visibly in your car. It’s certainly not your fault if your car is broken into and a bag of groceries is stolen… But popping the bag into the boot could reduce the likelihood of a thief taking a chance.

Invest in a remote jamming detector

A remote jamming detector can alert you to jamming activity. These devices range in price from around R500 to over R1,000. Generally speaking, the device will determine if a signal has been transmitted for a specific length of time and alert you to potential remote jamming. Some devices will warn you visually (usually LEDs) and some with a beeping alarm.

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