Supermarket staff call police amid fears crooks are stealing cars

Essex County Standard: Crooks jam car locks in supermarket car park using hi-tech device Crooks jam car locks in supermarket car park using hi-tech device

SUPERMARKET staff contacted police amid fears crooks were using an electronic jamming device to stop customers locking their cars.

Shoppers reported the problem at Tesco, in Highwoods, Colchester.

Laura Ward, from St John’s, Colchester, said she and partner, Richard Wingar, had experienced problems locking their car when at the store in the past two weeks.

Ms Ward, 25, said: “I had to keylock it in the end and I just put it down to it not working.

“It was really strange, especially as I’d only just put a new battery in the electronic key and it worked at home.

“Now I know what might have caused it, I hope it deters criminals and urges other people to double-check their car is locked.”

Criminals use jamming devices to block the signal from remote key fobs, and steal the car or items from the vehicle.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We were very concerned to learn of this issue and immediately alerted the police.

“Staff regularly patrol the car park and we will be helping the police with their investigation in any way we can.”

Police have advised motorists to ensure their cars are locked and not to rely on electronic key fobs.

A spokesman said: “Police have had reports from people in the Tesco car park in Highwoods Square unable to open their car doors with the electronic key.

“The suggestion is someone in the area is using some sort of jamming device. We are monitoring the situation, but there is no evidence of any criminal intent.”

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5:36pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Citizen 139 says...

To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.
To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away. Citizen 139

5:58pm Wed 27 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

perhaps nearby 3G and 4G phone masts are the cause.

That being said, going back a few years it was commonplace to find out the scum were trying to knick your motor with blockers.
a good steering wheel clamp is a deterant from theft, but not from items within.
perhaps nearby 3G and 4G phone masts are the cause. That being said, going back a few years it was commonplace to find out the scum were trying to knick your motor with blockers. a good steering wheel clamp is a deterant from theft, but not from items within. tomtheDJ

6:10pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Biggus Davus says...

Not just Colchester:
http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/9346846.
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Not just Colchester: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/9346846. Mysterious_force_loc ks_drivers_out_of_ca rs_at_filling_statio n/ Biggus Davus

6:31pm Wed 27 Nov 13

ExPatMiddlesexer says...

We had it happen on our drive. They stole my husband's sat nav., that he hid out of sight. He thought he'd gone mad as he'd had to unlock the car to get into it. Only to discover the sat nav gone. The police said someone had used a jamming device, gone in, pinched it and then locked up after themselves. Well at least it was neat I suppose. We've gone back to using maps. Less hassle.
We had it happen on our drive. They stole my husband's sat nav., that he hid out of sight. He thought he'd gone mad as he'd had to unlock the car to get into it. Only to discover the sat nav gone. The police said someone had used a jamming device, gone in, pinched it and then locked up after themselves. Well at least it was neat I suppose. We've gone back to using maps. Less hassle. ExPatMiddlesexer

8:41pm Wed 27 Nov 13

jim_bo says...

Great bit of investigative journalism this Will, it happened over a week ago.

Of course it might not be a jammer as new mobile phone masts can interfere with key fob signals.
Great bit of investigative journalism this Will, it happened over a week ago. Of course it might not be a jammer as new mobile phone masts can interfere with key fob signals. jim_bo

10:03am Thu 28 Nov 13

jammin says...

I reported an identical incident to the Police a month ago. Happened at Leisure World to around 15 motorists. Nice to see they make no mention of this nor have done anything about it, linked it or even considered it.

It was a jammer as cars over the far side of the car park were ok, if it was a mobile phone mast it would have been the entire car park.

Not that it had to be a van (as the devices can be quite small, brief case sized),but there were a few vans around that night in the McDs car park which has number plate cameras, as does tescos, so if they investigated properly they would of course have checked....
I reported an identical incident to the Police a month ago. Happened at Leisure World to around 15 motorists. Nice to see they make no mention of this nor have done anything about it, linked it or even considered it. It was a jammer as cars over the far side of the car park were ok, if it was a mobile phone mast it would have been the entire car park. Not that it had to be a van (as the devices can be quite small, brief case sized),but there were a few vans around that night in the McDs car park which has number plate cameras, as does tescos, so if they investigated properly they would of course have checked.... jammin

11:27am Thu 28 Nov 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.
Think this is possible for most modern cars, irrespective of make, particularly where either keyless entry or where the key does not fit into any fixed ignition point. Of course they first have to get into the car and have the relevant software , the specific model codes and the connection cables so although it's possible, it's improbable.

Everyone should be aware if your car is stolen the insurance company will expect you to produce both sets of keys otherwise they may question the validity of the claim citing a possibility that you contributed to the theft by leaving your keys in the car.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.[/p][/quote]Think this is possible for most modern cars, irrespective of make, particularly where either keyless entry or where the key does not fit into any fixed ignition point. Of course they first have to get into the car and have the relevant software , the specific model codes and the connection cables so although it's possible, it's improbable. Everyone should be aware if your car is stolen the insurance company will expect you to produce both sets of keys otherwise they may question the validity of the claim citing a possibility that you contributed to the theft by leaving your keys in the car. Say It As It Is OK?

11:30am Thu 28 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Biggus Davus wrote:
Not just Colchester: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/9346846. Mysterious_force_loc ks_drivers_out_of_ca rs_at_filling_statio n/
I knew of a brand new harley davidson, from a group of uk riders going to spain on a jolly up had stopped in a european shell garage only to find his harley imobiliser locked out the starting circuit.
the bike was a UK market model,
ahem, not supposed to go abroad...
anyway, HD sent some techie bloke to sort it from within the country matey had broken down in.

So, all you posher car drivers who have automatic tyre pressure sensors giving you dashboard readouts of possable tyre pressure problems ?
there a great bit of kit,
but only made with frequency transmitters for UK based also,
as such, liable to cause misfunctioning when taken out of the UK..

and theres more, but.................
..................it gets boring..

UK & EU CB run on different frequencies,
the polish run on different again,
as do turks, as do...
OK, boring - BUT,
the reason is, each country allocate frequecies of transmision for different reasons, for different things,
I wont go further, but it gets deeper....
just how many different transmitters do you use, personaly, in a 24 hour day?
NO, and I dont mean pirate radio stations either...lol
(oh those were the days..lol..)

go sit and think about it.
[quote][p][bold]Biggus Davus[/bold] wrote: Not just Colchester: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/9346846. Mysterious_force_loc ks_drivers_out_of_ca rs_at_filling_statio n/[/p][/quote]I knew of a brand new harley davidson, from a group of uk riders going to spain on a jolly up had stopped in a european shell garage only to find his harley imobiliser locked out the starting circuit. the bike was a UK market model, ahem, not supposed to go abroad... anyway, HD sent some techie bloke to sort it from within the country matey had broken down in. So, all you posher car drivers who have automatic tyre pressure sensors giving you dashboard readouts of possable tyre pressure problems ? there a great bit of kit, but only made with frequency transmitters for UK based also, as such, liable to cause misfunctioning when taken out of the UK.. and theres more, but................. ..................it gets boring.. UK & EU CB run on different frequencies, the polish run on different again, as do turks, as do... OK, boring - BUT, the reason is, each country allocate frequecies of transmision for different reasons, for different things, I wont go further, but it gets deeper.... just how many different transmitters do you use, personaly, in a 24 hour day? NO, and I dont mean pirate radio stations either...lol (oh those were the days..lol..) go sit and think about it. tomtheDJ

12:33pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Anonymous_10 says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.
And there is now a fix for this, not widely known as BMW will never admit to having the issue to start with, Cars built from 2006-2011 can have a software update at the dealers which will permantly fix this issue, as far as im aware its a freebie too. All cars built after 2011 already have the fix coded into them. Be prepared that the dealership probably wont know what your talking about but do your research and the fix is out there.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.[/p][/quote]And there is now a fix for this, not widely known as BMW will never admit to having the issue to start with, Cars built from 2006-2011 can have a software update at the dealers which will permantly fix this issue, as far as im aware its a freebie too. All cars built after 2011 already have the fix coded into them. Be prepared that the dealership probably wont know what your talking about but do your research and the fix is out there. Anonymous_10

12:55pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Anonymous_10 wrote:
Citizen 139 wrote:
To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.
And there is now a fix for this, not widely known as BMW will never admit to having the issue to start with, Cars built from 2006-2011 can have a software update at the dealers which will permantly fix this issue, as far as im aware its a freebie too. All cars built after 2011 already have the fix coded into them. Be prepared that the dealership probably wont know what your talking about but do your research and the fix is out there.
You are right. BMW won't recall cars unless it's a safety issue. You have to press the dealers to get them to carry out the software updated. My 2010 5 series was updated but not until I got BMW UK involved following discussions on a forum that highlighted the issues.
[quote][p][bold]Anonymous_10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: To take this one step further, there's a flaw with BMW's where the key can be cloned by plugging a computer into the diagnostic port. So the remote lock is jammed, computer plugged in, key cloned, car driven away.[/p][/quote]And there is now a fix for this, not widely known as BMW will never admit to having the issue to start with, Cars built from 2006-2011 can have a software update at the dealers which will permantly fix this issue, as far as im aware its a freebie too. All cars built after 2011 already have the fix coded into them. Be prepared that the dealership probably wont know what your talking about but do your research and the fix is out there.[/p][/quote]You are right. BMW won't recall cars unless it's a safety issue. You have to press the dealers to get them to carry out the software updated. My 2010 5 series was updated but not until I got BMW UK involved following discussions on a forum that highlighted the issues. Say It As It Is OK?

2:25pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Taj says...

This was a week ago and affected several drivers why has it taken so long to make people aware ?
This was a week ago and affected several drivers why has it taken so long to make people aware ? Taj

3:26pm Thu 28 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

WTF next?
WTF next? stevedawson

6:51pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

No problem today and the security guard said he only knew what he had read in the papers.
No problem today and the security guard said he only knew what he had read in the papers. Hamiltonandy

10:09am Fri 29 Nov 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

When I worked in the motor trade we had a number of customers who experienced this problem at Colchester General Hospital, and only there.

We came to the conclusion that it was something to do with a radio transmitter used for the air ambulance. If the customers placed the remote near their chest and turned their back towards the hospital the doors usually unlocked.

Given that no one had actually had their car stolen or broken in to, it's much more likely that this problem is caused by a mobile phone mast.
When I worked in the motor trade we had a number of customers who experienced this problem at Colchester General Hospital, and only there. We came to the conclusion that it was something to do with a radio transmitter used for the air ambulance. If the customers placed the remote near their chest and turned their back towards the hospital the doors usually unlocked. Given that no one had actually had their car stolen or broken in to, it's much more likely that this problem is caused by a mobile phone mast. Ritchie_Hicks

11:00pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Thanks Ritchie. Helpful info.
Thanks Ritchie. Helpful info. Hamiltonandy

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