Lydenburg police spokesperson Sergeant Elizabeth Selwaletau Magoa said motorists using remotes must ensure they physically check if their cars are locked when they leave their vehicles in the parking areas, Steelburger News reported.
Magoa said criminals used regular remote controls to interfere with vehicles. The remotes are set at the same frequency as the vehicles’ and therefore can jam the frequency, preventing the electronic central-locking system from operating successfully.
“The owner would walk away thinking the car was locked, and the perpetrators would open the car and steal items inside,” added Magoa.
Last week West Rand resident, Michelle Schreuder Rankin, fell victim to this trick.
Rankin said the suspects jammed her car’s locks with a remote control at the service station on the corner of Mimosa Street and Ruhama Avenue in Wilropark, Roodepoort Record reported.
“They must have been watching me for a while. I stop at the garage every morning for a cup of coffee, and I used to put my phone in my console, so it’s out of view, but you can see he walked straight to the car, lifted the console lid and took my phone and then looked for my laptop, which was thankfully not in the car that day,” added Rankin.
In the video, the suspect is seen walking towards the victim’s car and opening the door on the driver’s side.
Shortly afterwards, a getaway vehicle pulls over, and the suspect is seen getting in it.
– Caxton News Service