Back in September, I reported that US thieves are beginning to use cell phone jammers. Well, it’s apparently becoming more common.

A couple of thoughts.

  • I have a HAM radio. It can reach help in various frequencies in the 70cm, 1.25 meter, 2 meter, 6 meter, and 10 meter bands. I can also use CB (11 meter), GMRS, and others. Besides, those portable jammers only put out 20 watts or less, for the most part. I am pushing out far more than that. There is no way that any man portable jammer can hit every frequency that I can possibly select from. I can still call for help.
  • With that being said, I have body armor, weapons, night vision, and enough ammo to make this into one hell of a firefight. I am not foolish enough to think that my home can’t be overrun, but it will be expensive, and the thieves can’t want what’s in my house badly enough to take serious casualties. The thieves might get me and my stuff, but there will be fewer of them at the end than there were at the beginning. You think that jammer means that I can’t call for help? Neither can you.
  • Look for the guy with the backpack that has all of the antennas poking out, shooting him and his backpack first will fix the comms problem pretty quickly.

Categories: Crime


Patton was Right · December 8, 2023 at 9:47 am

That is a two edged sword. They can’t call for help either. Shoot, shovel, shut up. Unless you live close to nosy neighbors of course

Dan D. · December 8, 2023 at 10:42 am

Man, if I saw someone walking around with that in a backpack I’d seriously have to reevaluate what to do with the next 3 minutes of my life.

Danny · December 8, 2023 at 11:31 am

I’ve noticed some references to Guerrilla Guide to Baofeng Radio as being a good manual. Do you know anything about this book? Is it worth buying?

(((Doc B))) · December 8, 2023 at 12:56 pm

As a general rule, always shoot the comms guy (the guy with antennas) at the earliest opportunity. Then, go after anyone who appears to be in chat. Than anyone who trys to take charge.

    RickT · December 8, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Add in anyone being a supply point handing out ammo, wielding a laser pointer, etc.

Toastrider · December 8, 2023 at 6:11 pm

I wonder how hard it’d be to program a drone with a pocket charge to behave like an ARAD missile.

pchappel · December 8, 2023 at 8:49 pm

Well, armed so it would be “robbery” rather than “burglary” IIRC, but Machts nichts…

Yeah, shooting the Comms guy as a priority target seems to have been SOP for most folks trained in basic Infantry tactics, at least by the US Army I’m guessing… But then here in fairly rural North Texas a fair number of us are vets and fairly well armed I am given to understand… Well, that and being on the “not rich” side of things not great targets to begin with if they are looking at the risk vs reward of the action…

Elrod · December 8, 2023 at 8:51 pm

“Look for the guy with the backpack that has all of the antennas poking out, shooting him and his backpack first will fix the comms problem pretty quickly.”

It might be best to save the comms guy for last – while he’s jamming no one will be able to reach anyone else so not only can his guys not call for help, your neighbors won’t be able to request anyone show up to interfere with your Midnight Neighborhood Improvement Project.

I can foresee the growth of clandestine hunting expeditions……do the intel work, then follow up.

    Grumpy51 · December 9, 2023 at 8:31 am

    ^^^ THIS.

    Situations dictate actions (specific).

    While focusing on the comms guy is important with BG (bad guys) backed up by aircraft or artillery or overwatch, in a situation where BG are within that 50’ radius (or whatever short range is appropriate) focusing on shooters may be the more prudent action.

    Let the short-sighted suffer the consequences of same.

    IF comms means the arrival of force multipliers, then the quick elimination of comms guy may be best course of action.

SmileyFtW · December 9, 2023 at 8:20 am

Not well versed in jamming, but if the bad guys are using jamming gear wouldn’t they know what signals they are not jamming so as to allow themselves comms?

    Divemedic · December 9, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    The jammer would be cell phones. The other man portable options would all be short range like FRS, GMRS, CB, or something like that.

County Cork · December 9, 2023 at 10:56 am

There is a great night before Christmas poem riff about keeping your comrade’s hovel vacant so that the redistribution reparations NKVD get nothing.
They’ll move on when they see that you have meanwich stinkburger.
It was around during the Year Zero reign of the immaculate Chicago jesus.
I did that…yes we can, si se puede!

Grumpy51 · December 10, 2023 at 10:34 am

On further exploration, looks like these are short-distance designed to block signals from security cameras and devices.

In the post I read (HT arthursido dot com), South American gangs are using them to break into high-end homes……also means more likely for violence as these are hardened criminals…… brought to you by your government….. which makes them complicit

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