Theft by jamming car remotes is rising: insurers

IOL mot mar11 signal jamming Independent Newspapers File photo: Doctor Ngcobo.

 

An insurance company has seen a major increase in theft by remote jamming.

And without a sign of forced entry, insurers may not pay up for valuables that have been stolen.

“Remote jammers, which prevent a car from being locked by the driver’s remote, enable thieves to get into a vehicle and make off with valuables in less than 20 seconds,” said Andre Snyman, the founder of crime-combating cyber community eBlockwatch.

The chief executive of Safire Insurance Company and Snyman’s nephew, Pierre Bekker, said they had noticed an increase in this type of claim. “We’ve been inundated by (remote jamming) claims, and it’s getting worse and worse.

“Almost all insurance policies require evidence of violent and forcible entry into the vehicle for the insured to enjoy theft cover in respect of the contents in the vehicle,” said Dawie Buys, the manager of the motor division at the South African Insurance Association.

He said each incident should be investigated on its own merits. “We’ve changed our policy, provided there is sufficient video or other surveillance footage.

 

“It’s so easily avoidable, but people just aren’t aware of it.”


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