NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — All summer, 10 On Your Side has been covering stories involving stolen cars in Hampton Roads. We told you about the new tactics used by thieves to make them harder to find. One of these tactics is now being used on a larger scale in a neighborhood in Norfolk.
A blue 2019 Nissan Maxima was stolen early Friday morning from a family’s driveway on Davis Street in Coleman Place. The family did not want to be interviewed but spoke to us about the incident off camera. They say many who live in the neighborhood have surveillance cameras, but no one initially caught the thieves driving off with the car.
“Our camera did not pick it up. The camera of the neighbor opposite did not pick up. Their camera didn’t pick it up. 12 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. It’s like a break here,” said Nolan Veal who lives across the street from the family whose car went missing.
He and his neighbors believe a signal jammer was used to shut down their cameras to prevent them from seeing the culprit.
“I didn’t even know it was that simple,” Veal said.
All of their cameras are powered by their home Wi-Fi networks. When a jammer is used, wireless connections to security cameras are interrupted, causing the camera to stop recording. It’s a tactic that 10 On Your Side first introduced last month.
Veal, who speaks with his neighbors daily, says they all care about each other and are now considering upgrading their security systems from WiFi to wired.
“It makes me want to change because all I have here is WiFi. I don’t like it. Thank you for being on top because it’s very important. It’s very, very important,” Veal said.
10 On Your Side spoke with several off-camera neighbors, all with different brands of surveillance systems, but no one captured the moments the Nissan went missing except for a man with a wired camera who can’t. not be manipulated by a jammer.
His video showed the family’s car surrounded by bright lights and what looks like a tow truck pulling the car from the family’s driveway.
The family are actively working with Norfolk Police to locate their car. 10 On Your Side has asked the police if a tow truck was involved in the theft and we are awaiting a response.
Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 Tips app on a mobile device, or visiting www.p3tips.com and submitting a tip.
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