Think a factory-installed GPS is safer? Think Again.

 

probably turned around and sold it for less than $50

The really disgusting thing is the low life's that did that and caused a lot of inconvenience and $1,000's in damage probably turned around and sold it for less than $50 to buy more drugs.

The court system is way to easy on them when they do get caught so there is no real deterrent to stop this from happening over and over.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

Puzzled

Why on earth would someone go to all that trouble and work to steal a factory nav system when it probably doesn't work without other components still in the vehicle. On many GM vehicles the Nav system has to see an I.D. on the CAN bus to initialize and operate, other manufacturers have similar device interactions and interconnections. I can't imagine why on earth that device is so valuable for that to happen.

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rjrsw wrote:

The really disgusting thing is the low life's that did that and caused a lot of inconvenience and $1,000's in damage probably turned around and sold it for less than $50 to buy more drugs.

The court system is way to easy on them when they do get caught so there is no real deterrent to stop this from happening over and over.

If we're talking about drugs addiction nothing but an overdose/death can stop them.

TheProf wrote:

Why on earth would someone go to all that trouble and work to steal a factory nav system when it probably doesn't work without other components still in the vehicle.

I guess they're not so smart. Take a look at poster's comment #1:
The car is packed with a technical equipment worth nearly 150.000 $

I suppose that's $150K and the crook is determined to steal $2000 equipments.

Wow

A shame

No Buyer

chewbacca wrote:

... I guess they're not so smart. Take a look at poster's comment #1:
The car is packed with a technical equipment worth nearly 150.000 $

I suppose that's $150K and the crook is determined to steal $2000 equipments.

That's because they had a ready buyer for the GPS systems but not for the broadcast equipment.

Thinking Wrong

TheProf wrote:

Why on earth would someone go to all that trouble and work to steal a factory nav system when it probably doesn't work without other components still in the vehicle.

The people doing this are not geniuses. In fact, it is probably a stretch for them to even walk upright. Unless these are real professionals, all they know is "GPS device" and that is what they are going after. I cannot imagine in my wildest dreams a thief walking around with a manual in order to help him decide which models to steal.

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

I agree.

Probable some kid looking for fix.

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Nuvi 760

That's terrible

They used to try to steal car radios and CD/tape systems. You don't hear about that any more. I guess they have moved on to navigation systems now.

Why drugs?

Presuming it is someone after money for drugs has no foundation. There are many thieves and I would not hazard a guess at their motivation.

Drugs? Perhaps with the failure to control prohibition the better course would be to legalize them and let the weak rot their brains out without all the related crime. Society has never been very successful at enforcing legislation of a particular perspective on morality.

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Zumo 550 & Zumo 665 My alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

Car Radios and CD's

That's because most of those systems are not stand-alone anymore. They rely on communications through a data bus network that is spread throughout many processors in the vehicle. For instance on some GM cars the radio won't work until it gets a coded VIN check ID that is sent to it from the vehicles Powertrain Control Module (PCM). On some vehicles that data comes from the Instrument Panel (IP), so stealing a radio head will get them nothing, except the control head. If a radio is taken from vehicle with VIN A and put into a vehicle with VIN Z, if the 17 digit VIN code doesn't match when all the components do a 'handshake' at system startup, those devices not passing the test are inoperative, and on some vehicles MAY bring the rest of the components to a halt.