Cars on the road. Illustrative photo.
Prague – In recent months, the police have recorded dozens of cases where gangs of foreigners robbed drivers with cash in the car in the Czech Republic. Organized groups of criminals from abroad defrauded them of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of crowns, and in one case even millions. They track their victims after withdrawing money from banks and exchange offices, often targeting courier and delivery drivers and using devices to block remote vehicle locking. This was stated on the website today by the spokesman of the police presidium, Jakub Vinčálek.
“Criminals look for their victims, for example, in front of banks and exchange offices. Then they follow them and wait for an opportune moment, for example when the vehicle stops at a store, in a parking lot or at a gas station. During this stop, they damage the tire,” the spokesman described one of the possible theft scenarios. Drivers then take money, documents or payment cards from the car unnoticed while changing the tire. Police have warned that criminals are able to track drivers for tens and sometimes hundreds of kilometers.
For people with cash withdrawals, as well as for delivery service workers, criminals also use technical devices that disrupt the signal from the remote control key and blocks the locking of the vehicle. Cars are then stolen when the driver moves away from him or when the courier delivers the package. “Therefore, please be careful if someone is following you after exchanging money. If there is a defect in your vehicle, always lock your vehicle when you change a wheel. Physically check the locking of the car. And definitely do not leave any valuables in it,” emphasized Vinčálek.