I received email about a vehicle burglary while the family attended a football game. Stolen were the GPS & garage door opener. They arrived home to find TV & other stuff missing. The police said the thieves probably used the gps to find HOME, then parked their car or van inside while they looted, knowing the family would not be home soon. Police also said it is a bad idea to mark actual home, maybe down the block would be better idea.
Registration, Insurance Card, repair receipts...etc. all of them contain more information about the owner of the vehicle than a GPS unit. Now, about having your garage door opener in your car, that's another story. I know, I keep mine in the car all the time. And who doesn't? And what about those openers integrated in the vehicle that just need to be programmed? It's not an easy choice: convenience vs. security. It could be that I'm careless or just one of those thinking "It's not going to happen to me!" but I have chosen "convenience".
I set my home to the nearest major intersection since I can usually make it home from there. There was another thread with a discussion of what people set their home location to. One was a police station nearby. I do rely on it being fairly close when I travel to places I do not know and want directions home in the evening. I could have used a GPS the other day on my bike. A bridge was out and I got lost making a detour in this subdivision with cul de sacs. I eventually emerged on a known road only a couple of miles out of my way.
Registration, Insurance Card, repair receipts...etc. all of them contain more information about the owner of the vehicle than a GPS unit.
You beat me. I was about to say the same thing. The GPS is just an icing on the cake for the burglars. Password protect the GPS so they can't use it. That'll at least slow down their search for your home. Better yet, never leave the GPS in the car. That's what I do.
I had to laugh as it made it sound like it happened to them or Locally. I have already set my Home to my Work place..And I dont have a Garage door opener in my car...and if I did ..it wouldnt matter we have a Detached Garage
I've seen the info about the car registration before - the "experts" say don't leave it in your car either. Fortunately, the address on my car registrations is my PO Box (I also don't leave the GPS in the car).
Simple solution really. Just take your front left tire with you whenever you leave your vehicle. Then the thieves can't take your car.
And for those wondering why I specified the front left tire, there was a government study which concluded that removing the front left tire would deter 92.71% of thieves. While removing the back left tire would only deter 42.12% of thieves. And removing all four tires actually encouraged thieves, so don't do that!!
(Disclaimer - in case it isn't obvious I made up the government study. But if any government reps are reading this and would like to offer me a million dollar grant I'd be more than happy to perform such a study!)
If you stop and think about it, removing the left front tire would be the most obvious. If you were breaking in the car, you would normally be on the left side looking forward. That missing tire just might register in their dim minds.
and blank out your address on anything left in your car. Insurance cards from my insurance company have no address information on them and I'm sure it's not necessary. I'd be willing to tell my story to a judge if it's not OK.
How about locking the door inside the garage?
Year's ago I saw a report that said some criminals were using a transmitter that transmitted multiple codes and they just drove up and down streets until a door opened.
The recommended solution? Lock the door to the house inside the garage.
Install a decent, monitored burglar alarm in your home (that means NOT one of those free systems) and turn it on when you go out.
Or get a big, very protective dog.
Get full replacement cost home insurance.
Chamberlain & other companies solved the door opener problem with rolling codes of 28 bits. Even if a crook got a hit, that code would not work the next time he used it. My first opener used 10 dip switches and that was 30 years ago.
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