How Setting Your Home Address In Your GPS Is Giving Thieves A Key To Your House

Car Theft Warnings

Car Theft Warnings

 

I’ve heard this same story too many times now.

I wish this kind of thing didn’t happen but it does.

Here’s the scene: You’re at a ballgame, movie, or entertainment event of some kind.

Thieves break into your car – steal stuff

Then use your GPS to navigate to “Home” (knowing you will be occupied for a while) – Steal more stuff

Pretty much robbing you blind all before your event lets out.

That sucks doesn’t it.

We need to stop being the victims and become smarter than the criminals for once.

Check out this excerpt from the Boston Business Journal:

 

Car theft

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So What Should You Do?

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1. Don’t use your home address in your GPS. Use an address that is close to your home instead. Maybe a nearby gas station or grocery store. If you live close to a police department even better. Image the thieves arriving at the police station instead of your house haha.

2. Don’t keep anything else with your address on it in the vehicle. Most people keep insurance and registration forms in their glove box. Thieves know this and will use this the same way they do the GPS. If possible those things should be kept with you while heading out.

 

Car-Thieft

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This article written from a self-professed former car thief really “shines some light” on the mind and methods of thieves. He goes on to give readers several warnings about what they should and shouldn’t do.

1. Parking locations – We never hit cars in big parking lots. Too much light usually, too many potential eyes watching. We only stuck to suburban neighborhoods, especially ones with not much lighting. So parking lots are safer than you might think.

2. Streetlights – If your car is in shadows, then it was easier for us to break in to unnoticed. If you’re under a street lamp, it felt too exposed. So park in well-lit areas. We never ever ever ever broke into a car that was in a well-lit area. Never. We only broke into cars that were in darkness.

3. Exterior home lighting– You should install motion sensor lights on your home. If we walked near a home and one of those clicked on, we were the hell outta there.

4. Car alarms– Car alarms are not the point here. What I recommend is that you have a little blinking light that’s highly visible on your dashboard somewhere. Anytime we saw a little blinking light, we’d move on because it looked like a car alarm and that wasn’t worth the trouble to us. You can buy a little blinking light at automotive stores that you affix to your dashboard with Velcro – they’re like little fake car alarms, and they work. If it looks like a car alarm and blinks like a car alarm, then we’d always pass on that car.

5. Putting stuff in your trunk – We never broke into a car and popped the trunk. Never. There wasn’t time. So if there’s something that you need to leave in your car (suitcase, CDs, GPS, sports equipment, etc), just throw it in your trunk. We never had the time to look in there.

6. Expensive cars – There are people who steal cars for a living, and so if you have an expensive car, they’ll probably target you. But for the kind of stealing I did, we always stayed away from expensive cars. They’d probably have car alarms or something else fancy and we just weren’t interested in dealing with anything like that.

7. Lots of stuff in your car – If your car is full from the floor to the roof with junk, I usually passed on those cars. Too much stuff in the way, hard to tell what I wanted or didn’t, and I didn’t want some rat popping out at me or something.

8. Nothing in your car — A car with nothing in it was a car to pass on, too. There’s nothing in there to steal – unless the stereo was something special, what would I break in to it for?

9. Light is the criminal’s enemy. We hated light! Hated it! This makes light your friend. Park under street lights and park near motion sensor lights, and dumb little criminals like I was, will stay away.

10. Twenty seconds. It only takes 20 seconds. From the moment we would break a car window, we assumed that someone was on the phone with the police. We figured that police could be on the scene in 60 seconds. To play it safe, we gave ourselves 20 seconds. 20 seconds from the initial window break to us being gone. Don’t ever forget that.

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We can’t risk being naive about this stuff anymore.

You just never know who might need to read this right now.

3 Comments

  • Hi to all, since I am really keen of reawding this blog’s post to be updated on a regular basis.
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  • Hey Joe,

    this is a good tip. The exact thing happen to a relative of ours. The thieve stole their car from the workplace, with house keys & GPS address, drove the stolen car to their house, stole their second car & took some valuable from the house too. Triple whammy.

    I don’t set the home button in my GPS

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