So my Navigon 2100 is PIN protected and it included a sticker that says "PIN protected GPS inside." Would anyone actually put this on their car? Do people remove the GPS from the dash when they get out of the car for theft reasons?
Do not leave the GPS in plain site (even the suction cup on the window) unless you want the expense of replacing a broken window/lost GPS.
I would not even place the sticker on the car since you would be advertising you have a GPS.
These devices are very attractive to thieves.
in the car, but it's very portable...
I wouldn't even put the sticker in the windshield because it advertises that it is in the glovebox or center console. They don't care if it is pin protected!
Advertising that there is a GPS inside (PIN protected or not) is not prudent. A thief's first inclination is to steal the unit and secondly to make it operational. If your unit is not permanently affixed, I would remove it when exiting the vehicle. GPSrs are amongst the top 10 items thieves target amongst CDs, cell phones and laptops.
How do you find the reality views on the 2100 - is it as realistic as the advertising shows? Looks like a sweet unit but the reviews are not as warm. Lagtime issues and accessing satelites are issues CNET has identified. What is your experience?
Do what many are doing..... no sticker, no teltale suction cup mark on the windshield. Just by a bean bag or similar mount and slide the gps under your front seat when you leave your car.
I use a bean bag and either put it under the seat (and take the GPS with me) or put them both in the trunk. The distinction tends to be on how long I'm going to be parked there and how dangerous I think the area is.
I always take mine with me, so I know I can't lose it. And I remove any indication that there may be a GPS in my truck. I wouldn't attach that sticker. Another reason I take my GPS out is that I think that high temperatures in the vehicle can't be good for it and its battery.
The bead bag is the only way to go. When I leave the van, the bean bag is removed from the dash and covered up. My nuvi 750 slips into a zippered glass case and slips into my shirt pocket. Go to a optical store and get a glass case with a zipper down the side and across the top. It should have a clip on it and be padded. There about $3.00 to $5.00 and come in brown or black. That way you have your gps with you all the time.
ohwogo nuvi 750
Why advertise you have a GPS with a window sticker. Crack heads won't care if it is PIN protected, they will steal it anyway.
A new patch came out and I don't get any lag issues with the new patch. Cold boot satellite does take a min or two but I think that's to be expected. I got a deal on the navigon 2100 for $100 so it was pretty cheap. The reality view kicks in on large highway branches and it actually does look pretty realistic at the branch.
carry my GPS with me or have my wife put it in her bag. I agree with everybody else and that you shouldn't put the sticker on the car. It would be like leaving money in your car and letting everybody know it's in there.
As a couple people mentioned thieves wouldn't care about the PIN, just to sell it and make a few bucks PIN or no PIN. Plus there is probably a way to reset the PIN and a smart thief or the buyer will proabably figure it out.
That's just my 1/2 cent worth
GPS devices are now the number one item being stolen from motor vehicles. Think storing your spanking new GPS in the glove compartment keeps you safe from smash-and-grab thieves? Think again GPS devices today are small size and stolen easily which can then be re-sold on eBay. Even taking the extra step of removing the windshield mount may not be sufficient, as the tell-tale mark of the suction cup on the windshield glass is enough to tip off would-be robbers.
So don't even think of advertising with a sticker.
My nuvi 750 slips into a zippered glass case and slips into my shirt pocket. Go to a optical store and get a glass case with a zipper down the side and across the top. It should have a clip on it and be padded. There about $3.00 to $5.00 and come in brown or black. That way you have your gps with you all the time.
I never leave mine in the car though I do tend to leave the windshield mount in place unless I'm parking in a particularly dicey area.
The Garmin leather slipcase for widescreen nuvi's (p/n 010-10823-01) also works quite well for carrying your GPSr. Your nuvi slips right in and it's still small enough to fit in your pocket. See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1463 for details.
They can be found online for as little as $12.
Andy nuvi 760
Don't give those scurvy little thief's any info they don't need. Don't post any sticker's what so ever! Hide it at all costs!
Are the bean bags especially made for Garmins or do you make one out of the bean bag?
I just got an accessory kit from Costco.com for my Nuvi. The kit includes a beanbag, USB cable, AC adapter , and leather case for $49.95. All Garmin labeled.
go to the Garmin site and bring up the info for your unit. When the info comes up there is a tab showing accessories. Go to it and you will find the bean bag. Personally I prefer the garmin unit over the aftermarket ones because it is made specifically for the units. Personal preference..
I just got an accessory kit from Costco.com for my Nuvi... for $49.95.
I wish they had that when I was in the market.
I think it's prudent to dismount it and take or hide it. I have been lucky those times when I have forgotten to do so ! Thinking about getting a bean bag for the telltale suction ring mentioned by several posters.
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