Leave GPS in car or take inside?

 

Just wondering what most people do.

I'm not so concerned with theft, living in a small town with nosey neighbors and a huge locking console in my truck but I'm kind of paranoid at what effects the extreme temps may have on the unit. Mostly the screen. Would be interested to hear if anyone has had any bad experiences leaving their units to the ravages of temperature extremes, or for that matter if someone in Death Valley or Nome, Alaska has never had a problem.

I bring mine in the house when it's not in use. So what do ya'll do?

Thanks for the input!

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Brian Garmin nuvi 255W
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Most of the time I take it

Most of the time I take it inside with me. on rare occasions will i leave it in the car, but hidden or locked up.

sometimes

Inside the car most of the time

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

If You Hate Your GPS

If You Hate Your GPS and you don't like your car either... leave it in! laugh out loud

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sewisdom - Drive carefully. The life you save... may be someone who owes you money!

Leaving gps portable units in the car

Living in San Antonio I am more concerned with the summers, but I like to "play" with the unit; as I am doing now (downloading poi's, etc.) so I routinely bring it inside. I don't know how long this will last; I just got it for Christ Mass.

Daily use

jrsny wrote:

OK, so here's the thing, my Nuvi stays in it's case in the glove box unless and until I need it... No reason to have it mounted to go to and from work.

Actually, I mount and use mine every day during my commute. I drive an hour each way (2,000 miles a month) to and from the office. I get audio books from audible.com and listen to them on my nüvi 760 during the commute. smile

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GPSMAP 76CSx - nüvi 760 - nüvi 200 - GPSMAP 78S

Take the GPS with you...

I live in Southern California close to the beach. Therefore I don’t have to worry about the weather 75-80 in the summer and around 43 to 48 in the winter. smile
Our biggest problem is the dude who wants my GPS and doesn’t want to buy one. I made my own mount out of a piece of black plastic. (Used a small black clip board from Staples) It’s just a hair larger then the suction cup. It covers part of one the vents. When I leave the vehicle I have a post it note that I put over the suction cup marks. The note says “pick up laundry”.
Maybe when the dirt bag looks in my vehicle and sees the note he will think I have a short memory.

joemac wink

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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming---WOW!! WHAT A RIDE!!!" Member 2854

Take it inside

Out of sight out of mine.
I do not lock mine as I do not understand why i should.
If they steel it and can not unlock it,
they will just dump it.
So either way I am still without it?

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

“Take It or Leave It” GPS storage

Hi gang,

OK – since the subject of this topic indirectly brought me to this TERRIFIC site, I’ll use my very first post to throw in my two cents worth about “Take It or Leave It” GPS storage. To make a short story VERY long – my first GPS was a Garmin 76CSx handheld unit that was my Company’s 40th anniversary service award (sort of – but that’s another long story). I was hooked with instant GPS Geek-itis! What a GREAT technology!! But the thing didn’t talk. So, when I found a great deal on a refurbished Garmin C510 on www.woot.com, I bought it. The first unit wouldn’t hold a sat lock but Garmin replaced it under warranty – no questions asked. What a terrific toy – I used it every day, even back and forth to work. You never know when work might try to sneak away, after all.

As a rule, I always removed the GPS from the windshield mount and cleverly hid it in the no-lock glove box. WHO WOULD EVER THINK TO LOOK THERE! Anyway, I ALWAYS lock the truck. NO PROBLEM!!! Normally I park in my driveway (can you see where this is going?) but, one evening, I left my truck parked at the curb right in front of the house, not 25 ft. from my front door. I diligently hid the GPS in the glove box and locked the truck but I left the mount and power cable in plain sight. The next day, there was glass all over the street, and the GPS, the mount, and the cable were GONE - GONE - GONE! sad sad sad

The police told me that a gang of thieves had been ‘shopping’ in my neighborhood. They would walk down the street or through nearby condo parking lots looking for the suction cup mount or the telltale ring on the windshield. A quick smash and grab and they were gone! Several units had been grabbed that same night. I wish I had thought about that BEFORE it happened. In hindsight, it was pretty obvious that I had left BIG clues that there was a GPS on-board.

Now - losing the $75.00 GPS was one thing. But paying $492.00 to replace the power window was MUCH worse and MUCH more costly!!! Add the fact that I was scheduled to leave on a weekend trip the very next day and you get the idea. The GPS is the LEAST of the problems that might bite you if you leave such a tempting target in your vehicle.

SORRY – didn’t mean to sound so ‘preachy’. wink On the brighter side (if there is one) - after a proper period of mourning for my gross stupidity, I started shopping around for a replacement GPS. In the process, I found ‘POI Factory’ and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, I never say that. It’s SOO corny.

I read and evaluated all the available features (no automatic coffeemaker yet). I finally settled on the nuvi 700 series that has enough features to keep me happy for a while. Eventually, I found a ‘2 for 1’ sale on eBay – one working nuvi 750 with a DOA nuvi 780 included for one LOW price. I know! I know!! You get what you pay for on eBay, but it turns out that the nuvi 750 works great and the nuvi 780 works great too!!! wink. The only thing wrong with the 780 is that the battery won’t hold a charge for more than 20 minutes. Since it stays plugged into the car or the computer 99.99% of the time, that’s not a problem. It works just fine and even bluetooths my Blackberry. AND, I got the MSN receiver power plug thingy with the 780 which is also compatible with the 750 so I guess I got a nuvi 1530. HAR-HAR!! I’ve already ordered another battery. Now if I can just find some pictures of the nuvi disassembly procedure (hint-hint)!

End of saga! Long live POI Factory!

News at 11.

Bob

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Garmin 2595LMT, Garmin 750, Garmin 780, Garmin 76Csx, GPS Bluetooth receiver for laptop

In the car but protected

Never leave it (or the mount) visible in the car for security and protection from climate extremes (heat here). It has a nice hide place out of the sun (for you people in North America - that is the orange thing you sometimes see in the sky to the south.....) so while it gets hot it is never too hot - and cold? What's that?

Welcome

Welcome Bob, thanks for sharing your story. It is great to have your energy in our community. I am looking forward to more posts from you.

Miss POI

I take it with me. A couple

I take it with me. A couple of times already since Christmas there's been a discussion about somebody travelling somewhere and I've brought out the Nuvi because it is helpful!

Leave it

I conceal it but for the past year or so it is always in the car. I live in the Midwest and right now it is very cold and for the past 12 to 15 months it hasn't been a problem even with the hot summers and crazy cold winters. I do hide it when I leave the car...why chance it.
Maybe I am shortening the life of the battery but I hated forgetting it all the time. That's what happens when you get into your twilight years.

Flip

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Flip Garmin Street P.330 Garmin 255WT Garmin LM50

warnings....

grush wrote:

One time in the bigger city around here my wife left her car unlocked in the Walmart parking lot and when she returned there was an evil smell inside with a note that said "You're car has been farted on". Nothing was stolen.

O boy...........i wish there was a way of warning people about the content of a msg......

I snorted pepsi out of my nose twice on this, once when I read it...once typing this reply.....man...you owe me a new keyboard!

re: Warnings....

skunkape wrote:

O boy...........i wish there was a way of warning people about the content of a msg......

I snorted pepsi out of my nose twice on this, once when I read it...once typing this reply.....man...you owe me a new keyboard!

LOL....I thought it was funny to, but glad it was not my car! Send me a bill for the keyboard.
laugh out loud

New York

Hi,

I live in New York so I would not leave it in my car for one second. razz

Mike

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GPS On The Ground | FMC In The Air

Bad Economy - Take GPS in.

There have been much more car break-ins in STL cause of the bad economy, I never leave anything in my car cause the deductible would not cover most of the stuff including the GPS.

Always take it

Always take it with me whenever I leave the car.

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----- Magellan Maestro 5310 ----- Free Garmin Nüvi 270 -----

bring it in

I Always bring it in, you never know.

Wow the responses

Never really thought this topic would take off like this. Basically like the rest of you said I DO take it wih me more as a "Just in case..." cause you never really know. But as I said at the start of this I have a neighbor that will tell me what dog made which mess on my yard and when it happened so theft at home isn't as big of a concern as it might have once been.

Good to hear that it seems that the cold or heat has no lasting effect, since I have the c340 and you can't easily stick those in your pocket while out on the town.

stoces wrote:

There have been much more car break-ins in STL cause of the bad economy, I never leave anything in my car cause the deductible would not cover most of the stuff including the GPS.

I hear you stoces I grew up in Belleville, IL so I know about the sticky fingers in the area. Shoot as a kid I had Hot Wheels car stolen from my own back yard while I went in to get a drink! Now they probably would "carjack" me right there and then! Can you get LoJack on Hot Wheels??? razz

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Brian Garmin nuvi 255W

Take it

Another reason I take mine is if I am parked in the north forty of a store and am going to be a while, just double tap the screen to note where I am parked. This comes in REAL handy at the airport after a long vacation, HUMMMM now just where did I park the car TWO WEEKS AGO????

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Lifetime NRA & USPSA member

I completely agree, it is

I completely agree, it is nice to know where you parked and it is also a big factor for not losing it. I don't want smashed windows or to lose my Garmin. I couild lose my stereo but don't take my Garmin. I also put my beanbag down on the floor so it isn't so obvious to anyone looking in.

Don`t leave exposed in the car

If you want to replace the gps leave in the car in the windshield. The only way I leave my gps in the car is if I forget to take it down. If you have a bean bag put the bag under the seat or in the trunk. If you have other system take it down also

What do you do to protect your property? common sense dictates not to leave objects inside the car exposed to viewing crowds.

It is just me expressing my idea idea s.

Note: Check this link maybe it gives you some idea
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/20084

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Gps! ask where to go and get there! Best of all, what we need is to have accurate pois to reach all destinations

I....

I always bring my unit in, rain or shine.

Savvy thieves

It's not just the potential loss of the unit itself. If you have "Home" programmed into your GPS, a tech savvy thief would be able to use it to find out where you live and then your home and possessions would be at risk. Never leave your GPS in the car!

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"The true measure of persons is how they treat someone who can do them absolutely no good." - Samuel Johnson

Don't need to be tech savvy

I wouldn't worry as much about a thief being "Tech Savvy" to find your home. Just use the Garmin Lock code to secure the unit from unauthorized use. Now on the other hand, if someone really wanted to find out where you live, they can simply open your glove compartment and read your registration, insurance policy or whatever mail you have in the car... surprised

Your Right

Drew,
Your absolutely correct about the glove box contents, it sure doesn't take much savvy to rifle though a glove box.
However to save a broken window I suggest taking the unit with you at all times.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

I take my GPSr inside (I

I take my GPSr inside (I need to refer to it constantly while hanging around POI Factory!!!)

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Hawk - Nuvi 1450

The only time I leave my garmin...

Is when I stop to grab something at the 7-11 on my way home from work. Traffic takes so long to load, I hate to have to start the process all over again right before I get on the highway.

But I watch my car from the windows the whole time!

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-- Garmin 660 Ellicott City, MD

What I do

JAFOZ28 wrote:

Just wondering what most people do.

I'm not so concerned with theft, living in a small town with nosey neighbors and a huge locking console in my truck but I'm kind of paranoid at what effects the extreme temps may have on the unit. Mostly the screen. Would be interested to hear if anyone has had any bad experiences leaving their units to the ravages of temperature extremes, or for that matter if someone in Death Valley or Nome, Alaska has never had a problem.

I bring mine in the house when it's not in use. So what do ya'll do?

Thanks for the input!

Bean bag under the seat, Nuvi in the center console.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Always bring it in. Bad

Always bring it in. Bad people could use it to find your home.

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http://uss-silversides.com

Wasn't disagreeing

BobDee wrote:

Drew,
Your absolutely correct about the glove box contents, it sure doesn't take much savvy to rifle though a glove box.
However to save a broken window I suggest taking the unit with you at all times.

I agree with you BobDee, the safest thing to do is to take the unit with you and use the Garmin Passcode Lock. I was simply pointing out that thieves don't need your GPS to find out your address if they really want it. For those that really want to keep their home address away from thieves, you should ensure you don't have loose mail, magazine subscriptions, car registration, insurance or anything with your address on it left in your vehicle.

If you are a risk taker and plan on leaving your GPS in your car regardless, then use the beanbag mount and hide that and your GPS when you are a few blocks from your destination. Windshield mounts leave marks that tell thieves you own a GPS.

Easier Said then Done

In NY State you are required to have Insurance Company ID in your car and it has your name and address on it. Of course you could take it out of the glove box every time you leave the car, but in addition to being a nusance, I know I would sooner or later forget to put it back. Get stoped and don't have it and you get a ticket.

I live my inside (living in

I live my inside (living in Toronto, Ontario). During cold winters - it easily goes around -25c.
However, leaving it in car was never a problem. Instead of living it mounted - I actually put it inside the dashboard

Required by states

justaguy wrote:

In NY State you are required to have Insurance Company ID in your car and it has your name and address on it. Of course you could take it out of the glove box every time you leave the car, but in addition to being a nusance, I know I would sooner or later forget to put it back. Get stoped and don't have it and you get a ticket.

I presume that is the case in most (if not all) states. That's why the whole premise of worrying about someone finding your address because you left your GPS behind in the car doesn't hold water. I wouldn't take my insurance or registration out of the car each time either since I will either lose them or forget them the one time I'd need to have it in the car smile

Take mine in

I travel for work about 80% of the time so I have made it a habit to take mine with me regardless of where I am at. If I am at a customer location I will lock it in the truck along with my Sirius Radio. I bought a nice case from Case logics that takes me a less then a minute to pack up all of my in car electronics and take them with me.

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, pristine body but rather to come sliding in sideways, all used up and exclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" -------- Nuvi 755T and 1350T Jensen NVX225 WorldNavigator PDA based GPS

The law doesn't say WHERE it has to be kept

DrewDT wrote:
justaguy wrote:

In NY State you are required to have Insurance Company ID in your car and it has your name and address on it. Of course you could take it out of the glove box every time you leave the car, but in addition to being a nusance, I know I would sooner or later forget to put it back. Get stoped and don't have it and you get a ticket.

I presume that is the case in most (if not all) states. That's why the whole premise of worrying about someone finding your address because you left your GPS behind in the car doesn't hold water. I wouldn't take my insurance or registration out of the car each time either since I will either lose them or forget them the one time I'd need to have it in the car smile

I'm willing to bet that none of the state laws specify exactly WHERE in the car this information is to be kept. I do not keep mine in the glove box or console.

Bring it in

I bring my gps with me whenever I leave the car.

Betting man

johnc wrote:

I'm willing to bet that none of the state laws specify exactly WHERE in the car this information is to be kept. I do not keep mine in the glove box or console.

I am willing to bet you are absolutely right johnc, but considering the reason to have these things in your car in the first place is either to exchange information in an accident or to provide law enforcement proof that you are legally operating the vehicle you are in, etc. It is reasonable to expect those items to be kept in a convenient location where they can be readily accessed. Hence the glove box for many people is the logical choice. Keeping these items in one's trunk for instance, would not be a good idea since law enforcement may want you to stay inside the vehicle when they stop you.

I don't understand

Why this thread is two pages long?
Just take the GPSr out of the car, then you will have it.

As far as the registration is concerned, just leave it in the car like the state requires, if a crook wants to find out where you live he will follow your wife home from the grocery store.

You people have lived in the suburbs to long.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

leave it in

i leave it in the car all the time

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nuvi 2757LM-65LM-65LM

not taking the chance

JAFOZ28 wrote:

Just wondering what most people do.

I'm not so concerned with theft, living in a small town with nosey neighbors and a huge locking console in my truck but I'm kind of paranoid at what effects the extreme temps may have on the unit. Mostly the screen. Would be interested to hear if anyone has had any bad experiences leaving their units to the ravages of temperature extremes, or for that matter if someone in Death Valley or Nome, Alaska has never had a problem.

I bring mine in the house when it's not in use. So what do ya'll do?

Thanks for the input!

well, I live in Southern Calfornia....basically a desert thats been converted by draining the Colorado and several other rivers....90f is common here...I havent had a problem YET, but like you I'm concerned about the 120+ temps inside the car on a hot summer day...I have a case I boughjt at Office Depot for $15. i'm just not gonna take the chance to be honest. my nuvi 760 was $700. Of course, Living in the LA area gives me reason to worry about theft too...

Another security thought

I have said elsewhere in this thread that I always leave my unit in the vehicle (out of sight and protected from the sun) but I have seen (perhaps a different thread) that people are concerned about mounting marks on the windscreen or dash giving bad guys a clue. Just to be safe I now have a little polish cloth to clean the marks when I dismount the unit mount.

City Life

I live in a busy urban area just outside DC. I always take my unit in the house and put the suction cup stand in the glove compartment.

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RKF (Brookeville, MD) Garmin Nuvi 660, 360 & Street Pilot

visible mount...

JD4x4 wrote:

... {sigh} I live in the same area as Speed3, and am totally programmed to remove the suction mount, wipe the tell-tale ring off of the glass, put the mount in the glove box and my nuvi in my pocket... for the same reason.

Ironic quote of the century-
"Can't we all just get along?"

My mount is on the dash...not the window....screwball california law....BUT my mount is still visible....might be enough of a reason for someone to want to break into the car and dig. My car's been broken into for less - a visible grocery store bag - that ironically contained nothing but some traveling trash from a weekend trip smile...and $3 in quarters

REALLY ironic quote of the century-
"O my, Jeffry's gotten worse!" - Jeffry Dahmer's mother, upon being informed of his arrest for murder and canibalism

Don't know about the heat,

Don't know about the heat, or the cold, but I like my GPS, so where I go, my GPS goes.........

For me, you should take it

For me, you should take it inside. Even though you have a friendly and trusting neighbors around, you can never tell when and who will attempt to get it.
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For me, you should bring it

For me, you should bring it inside. Even though you have a friendly and trusting neighbors around, you can never tell when and who will attempt to get it.
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inside

we always take our GPS inside but once my daughter took my wife's GPS to a track meet and put in her track bag. Her water bottle leaked and destroyed the GPS

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Will nuvi 265W, Vista HCX, amateur radio

Leave GPS in car or take inside?

I always take them in. No use looking for trouble.

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Alan-Garmin c340

I take mine with me

My GPS goes with me when I leave the car. I think more of having it stolen than what effect the temperature will have on the unit. Two of my GPS units are built into the dash and they don't seem to be affected by even the Florida killing heat.

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nuvi 785 nuvi 350, nuvi 270, GTM 20, jag in dash, mercedes in dash.
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