Don't get jammed!
Remote jamming is a trick that criminals make use of to prevent you from locking your car when you leave it.
Don't get jammed!
You may have seen the headlines about 'remote jamming' being on the increase, or perhaps a friend has been the victim of this crime, or maybe even you yourself. If you're lucky, you have no idea what we're talking about!
Remote jamming is a trick that criminals make use of to prevent you from locking your car when you leave it. They do this by pressing their remote at the same time that you press your car's remote to lock it. This interferes with the signal that your remote sends, and the result is you walking away from a car that you think is locked, but isn't. The thief then strolls over to your car, opens the door and helps themselves to whatever you’ve left in your car, or even the car itself.
What some people don't know is that some insurance companies don't cover items stolen from unlocked cars, or charge an increased excess for these items.
So how do you avoid becoming a victim of remote jamming?
- Be aware of your surroundings. This is true of avoiding other forms of crime too so should become a habit. Look out for suspicious looking individuals and report them to security.
- Be conscious of the locking process when you walk away from your car - don't just walk away and assume that your car is being locked when you press the button. Stand at your car and press the button, and watch or listen to your car locking. Most cars make a noise when locked, others flash the hazard lights as a signal, and others fold in their side mirrors. The trick is to know your car, so that you know what it should do when it is locked.
- Check and doublecheck. If you can't tell if your car is locked, try to open a door to check.
- Buy a car with keyless entry. This feature may be sold to you as a convenience feature but is actually a safety feature. When you walk up to your car, it unlocks the doors without you having to press a button. (Some cars unlock as you touch the door handles or as you pull the door handles open.) as you walk away from your car, you either touch the door handle to lock it, or it locks as you walk away from it (as long as you have the key on your person or in your bag). Many cars in the Toyota and Lexus stables feature keyless entry, even some 'budget-friendly' vehicles.
- Buy a remote jamming detector. Yes, there is such a thing, and it alerts you if someone is practicing remote jamming in your surrounds.
These tips don't only relate to remote jamming but should be habits:
- Don't leave valuable items in view where passersby could see them.
- Don't leave valuables in your car at all, if you can help it.
- Be aware of crime and of your surroundings.