GPS tip - if you have one, read this.....

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by number9, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    One of those "why didn't I think of that" things.........

    Got this from another forum, thought I'd share.

    Do not set the GPS point called "HOME" at/to your home address.

    GPS' are expensive and small, making them prime targets for thieves. They're even breaking into cars just because they see a GPS mount (or even the tell-tale circle on the windshield from a suction cup mount).

    Should a thief get yours, he might figure that you have more goodies at your house, so don't give him turn-by-turn directions right to it.

    Set your 'Home' point at a near by intersection or at the police station. You don't need your GPS when you're in your home neighborhood anyway.


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  2. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    It's a good tip, but I either don't leave the unlocked one on the bike, or the locked one is attached to something that has my vehicle registration attached to it (same with breaking in to the cage). If they want to find my house and are willing to break-in/steal there are other ways...

    Just sayin' is all...:norton
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  3. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Yeah, but -

    It's the same reason why not to leave your registration slip in your car. But the law requires it to be produced and most of us don't carry it in our wallets.

    I've never seen any reliable information that says that a thief has targeted people that way.

    As for me, home is where my house is. And pressing the "find" button twice on my Garmin routes me there.

    Dave
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  4. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    I think the whole point is.......say your bike has the gps on it and you are inside eating (or whatever). Thug walks by and snags it. Then decides he REALLY likes your bike too.......and wonders if you have any more bikes or toys he might like........wonder if you have a hot wife........and so on.


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  5. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    Article in the Daily Telegraph (UK) from August.
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  6. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    On the other hand, if it is lost, an honest person could return it to you. I entered my address on the opening page for that reason. Hopefully, that won't bite me in the ass.
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  7. richc

    richc Long timer

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    My home is wired with explosives. Crook breaks in, crook goes boom. End of story. :wink: :wink:

    I got told the same thing for the GPS in my Porsche by the service guy. Don't set home in it, someone rips the car off and they know where you live, and given they've got your car it's not likely you're at home. Since I've never used the one built into the car, I don't think it'll be an issue.
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  8. Hotspice

    Hotspice Satellites not acquired

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    I'm kind of lucky. I live right across the street from a Police Station.

    My "Home" on the GPS is set using the Long & Lat from their parking lot.


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  9. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Touche.

    But I will go back to my original premise - it's a hell of a lot more common to just reach in the glove box and look at the registration.

    I'm not saying the DT is not a credible paper, but I do have a couple questions. Why would thieves, already stealing a car from a car park with thousands of cars in it, travel to someone's home to steal another car? And did they even use the GPS to guide them there (were they caught and confirmed that was it)? Still smacks of sensationalism and supposition to me.

    I guess if your thieves are directionally challenged, the GPS will help them navigate.:evil

    Dave
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  10. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    Agree, not a very well advised article. If their intent was paranoia, they completely missed the point of track logs - as they say, "all roads lead to Rome".

    My registration is in the glovebox, most cars have the registration there, been that way with the same info since before the GPS, seems that would be more important, especially given that I never leave my GPS out in my cage. :brow

    The other thing that the local constabulary has been pointing out here, is to clean your windshield, and not leave suction cup marks. There have been a couple cases of smash and grabs, attributed to the pecker tracks on the glass from the mount. I'm a bean bag man, even with my zumo.
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  11. dec

    dec COOP

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    Let 'em break in my home . . . I'm itching to try my new .45, thats if my wife don't get 'em with the .38 first.
    :evil


    Its actually a good point, but for some reason I just don't let things like this bother me in life . . .
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  12. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Yeah ya just can't rely on thieves to answer police survey's honestly. :(:
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  13. mrudy

    mrudy "Let's Ride"

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    My truck was parked in my driveway over night with a Magellan GPS sitting in its cradle attached to the windshield with a suction cup. Guess I was just lazy and didn't like removing the GPS every night. The next morning, my window was smashed and the GPS was gone, along with cell phone charger. A victim of a smash and grab.

    I'm a lot more careful with my new Garmin Zumo 550. I mounted the bracket to my dash, instead of the windshiled, and I remove it everytime I leave the vehicle.
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