Schools are now being targeted by opportunist criminals who use remotes to jam locking devices. While many schools have effective and modern security structures in place, car jamming syndicates are still finding ways to bypass this – and steal from unsuspecting victims.
Don’t become another statistic! Get proactive and become more aware and vigilant when you are dropping off, and collecting your child from school.
How do they do it?
Criminals use a standard 400MHz gate or garage remote control to jam the signal sent by a car remote control, effectively preventing your door locks from engaging. They do this by repeatedly pressing the hidden remote device of their own. The act of repeatedly pressing on their own remote device, whilst in close proximity to you, overwhelms airwaves in the area and blocks the driver’s remote signal to the car.
These criminals then have enough of time to open the unlocked car, open the boot from the inside and steal items of their choice.
The current trend is that criminals specifically target schools and shopping malls. It is the norm for parents to leave their valuables in their vehicles when they’re walking their children to class, which therefore provides the perfect opportunity for criminals to strike.
Tips to help you prevent Car Remote Jamming
- After you have locked your car with your remote, physically check that the doors are locked.
- Report any suspicious looking individuals to the security teams close by.
- If you feel uneasy, trust your instinct, and move your car to an area which is more secure.
- Never leave items of interest and other valuables on your seats or in view of any passers-by.
- Purchase an anti-car jamming device – they are many products in the market so research the best fit for you before you make a purchase.