Monday, October 19, 2009

A GPS system can be dangerous....

A couple of weeks ago I read that someone 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.

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.


Anonymous said...

Great advice. I never thought of that.

MeanDonnaJean said...

Ya may be glad to know that ya'll have many a night o' great sleep here in The Bowels of Hell cuz ya sure won't have to worry about anything like THAT.

They'll just come 'n bash in yer car window 'n snatch the whole friggin' GPS system right outta the damn car itself.

Problem solved!

Erin said...

around here, a lot of people remove the devices. you know they have them cause they holders are empty.

me, i don't need one. i am a homing pigeon and have been since i was knee high to a grasshopper.

have a great week.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Truly interesting post Baron, Like Thom I never thought of that happening. Glad that I don't have one of these Gadgets in my car.

I still do things the Old Fashioned Way, I get a map out if I need to find someplace.

Thanks for sharing.

GMG said...

Hi Baron!
I wonder who needs a GPS to find his/her way home; better sleep at a hotel... ;))
Thanks for the info!!
Blogtrotter is now at an old spa in Turkey. Enjoy and have a great week!

Belt Drive said...

Hey Baron - great advice.

Nikos said...

I'm going to programme my ex-wife's address into mine (come to think of it that used to be "home"!!)

myonlyphoto said...

...or address of the local police station, lol. This is some crazy story. Anna :)

"Joker" said...

Finally, something good you can get out of having an asshole for a neighbor - put HIS address in the GPS!

If they end up stealing mine, HOOTERS is gonna get cleaned out!