Car remote jamming is an easy attack would-be thieves use to prevent drivers from locking their vehicles in parking lots around South Africa.
While this relies on victims not noticing their car didn’t lock, car jamming is easy enough that finding the right target doesn’t cost much.
Criminals don’t need illegal instruments or technical expertise to get started – all they need is a gate or garage remote with a sufficiently-powerful transmitter that operates on the same frequency as your car remote. One such frequency band for remote controls is 433MHz.
A gate remote that puts out a powerful signal on the same frequency as your car remote can easily “drown out” the message to lock or unlock the doors.
Watch criminals use car remote jamming
The videos below show examples of car remote jamming that were caught on CCTV.