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Wifi-Jamming Burglaries Shake Wilshire Neighborhoods: LAPD Issues Warning


Hacker at computer
Hacker at computer

In recent weeks, residents of Los Angeles' Wilshire-area neighborhoods have been targeted by a wave of burglaries employing sophisticated wifi-jamming technology, according to a warning issued by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). These tech-savvy thieves have been disarming surveillance cameras and alarms using wireless signals, emphasizing the need for enhanced security measures. Panic Room Builders is committed to helping homeowners fortify their defenses against such threats, ensuring peace of mind and protection for your loved ones and valuables.


The Modus Operandi of the Tech-Savvy Burglars

The LAPD reports that the burglaries typically involve three to four suspects gaining access through second-story balconies. Once inside, they focus on primary bedrooms, specifically targeting high-end jewelry, purses, U.S. currency, and other valuable items. The criminals often utilize a getaway vehicle and a driver to act as a lookout during the heist, making it crucial for residents to stay vigilant and take proactive steps to secure their homes.


Tips to Safeguard Your Home

To help safeguard your home against these wifi-jamming burglaries, Panic Room Builders recommends the following security measures:

1. Secure Electrical Circuit Boxes: Install padlocks on electrical circuit boxes to make it more difficult for burglars to tamper with alarm systems.

2. Exercise Caution on Social Media: Refrain from announcing vacation plans on social media platforms and avoid sharing details with rideshare or taxi drivers, minimizing the risk of inadvertently exposing your absence from home.

3. Stay Alert for Suspicious Vehicles: Be vigilant for suspicious vehicles with temporary or dealer plates, as well as rental vehicles. Report any unusual activity to local authorities.

4. Establish Neighborhood Watch: Share your cellphone number with trusted neighbors, asking them to clear your mail and keep a watchful eye on your residence when you are away.

5. Enhance CCTV Security: Install security cameras around your home and ensure that the alarm DVR is secure and cannot be tampered with.

6. Consider Wired Alarm Systems: Upgrade to a hard-wired alarm system, minimizing the vulnerability associated with wireless signals that can be easily jammed.

7. Reinforce Entry Points: Strengthen sliding glass doors with poles or additional security measures to eliminate easy points of entry.

8. Use Tracking Devices: Consider placing tracking devices, such as Apple AirTags, on valuable items like jewelry boxes, purses, or vehicles.

9. Maintain Visibility: Trim shrubbery and trees around your residence to maintain visibility, reducing potential hiding spots for burglars.

10. Enhance Lighting and Signage: Install proper outdoor lighting and security signage. Leave lights on in your home, especially when away, to create the illusion of occupancy.


Report Suspicious Activity

If you have any information related to these crimes or notice suspicious activity, contact LAPD’s Wilshire Burglary Detectives at Wilshireburglary@lapd.online. For anonymous tips, reach out to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at L.A. Crime Stoppers.

At Panic Room Builders, we believe in empowering homeowners with the knowledge and tools needed to protect their homes and loved ones. Stay vigilant, implement these security measures, and fortify your home against evolving threats.


Source: KTLA

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