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Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Do you have a GPS in your car? Read this

Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station), so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone he knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage-door remote-control, some money and a GPS, which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game... they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish, and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.


Betty Jo Waxman said...

We bought a new car recently and our car salesman made this very suggestion! We programmed the "home" destination to take us to an intersection near our house. Never would have though of it!