Posted on 07/26/2011, by Jeremy Edsall
GPS Tip that could save you from being a victim of crime.
This came to our attention recently and made it around the office and gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.
A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she 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.
As a side note: I'd advise not leaving the GPS in plain site. The few moments spent removing the GPS and mounting bracket and placing it in the trunk could have kept the thieves from targeting this car in the first place. This is probably better for the life of the GPS unit as well I'd think. Valuables should always be hidden out of sight when parking a car, be it at the shopping center or parked in your driveway. Thieves who are not tempted by the goodies they see in your car will go somewhere else.
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.
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.