Tuesday, November 09, 2010

GPS Safety Warning

If you have a GPS unit in your car, keep it hidden when your vehicle is unoccupied, especially if you pre-programmed addresses in it. GPS units are a popular target of thieves. Having it in plain sight is an invitation for someone to break your window and steal it.

And, if that's not enough, consider this. You're out shopping and a thief steals your GPS. They turn it on and click "home" from the list of pre-programmed addresses. By the time you return to your car, report the crime and write up a report with the police officer, the thief will have also robbed your home.

Realistically, you probably don't need to program home into your GPS. Chances are that you know how to get there without any help! If you really want to program it, call it something else. Label it "Bill" or "Susie" or something that only you would know is your home address. You could avoid a major hassle.


At 8:24 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

We don't own a GPS and it sounds like we might want to keep it that way. Good safety tip Lucy.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Annie, I don't have one either, but my sisters and several friends have one.... I don't think I'll ever get one after reading this...lol

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Gabriele Agustini said...

That's a great tip. And one I wouldn't have thought of.
It's my first visit to your blog and I really like it.
Thanks for sharing,

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

Good idea. I'm not worried though. Our GPS can't find our house anyway.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

That is some good advice. I have mine listed as home because once I get to the big city I usually can't get out without the GPS. Tomorrow 'home' will have a different name. THANK YOU. Good, good, advice.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

I don't have a GPS, but that is good advice!

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I will pass it on. I am amazed at how many ways dishonest people find to rob us.

Happy New year!


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