GPS thefts are soaring

 

Here's a scary article about the increase in GPS thefts from cars, even as prices fall. As a long time resident of Philadelphia I've learned not to even leave a few cents of loose change visible. The article mentions that even the telltale suction cup ring is tipping off some thieves to go on a scavenger hunt in your car.

AP News: GPS Thefts Soaring

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Brent - DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S

Remember When.....

Remember the 1960's when CB's was being stolen out of cars like GPS are now? Just provide protection for yours, and someday, like CB's, you can't give them away. It was this way with 8-track players, cassette players, stereo radios, and all the other goodies.

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Garmin 660

Take Action

I've started taking the beanbag off of my dash, and the power cord out of the jack, and the GPS goes with me.

B_P

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Skip nuvi 660

I'm considering buying the New Smart4two Car

That way I won't have to worry about my Nuvi GSP or Car theft if I just let the air out of the tires and place the car in my back pocket with the GSP still attached to the dash. I just hope no one calls me on the blue tooth during this time as it would be very difficult to access the GPS answer button.... I'd be lost.

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You can walk a horse to water, but a pencil has to be led.

And my wife always makes fun

And my wife always makes fun of me for taking mine completely down and hiding it or taking it completely out of the car.

I bought my wife a bigger

I bought my wife a bigger bag so when we go out I put my c330 and the holder in her bag.

Nice, but ....

mark23 wrote:

I bought my wife a bigger bag so when we go out I put my c330 and the holder in her bag.

Nice ... get your wife to carry it for you! For some reason I don't think that'll fly with my wife. Here honey, I got you a bigger bag, can you carry my GPS?

I can hear her now .... (it's not pretty!)

Bigger bag

mark23 wrote:

I bought my wife a bigger bag so when we go out I put my c330 and the holder in her bag.

I just put mine in my briefcase.

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nüvi 750 & 760

Brain Storm Anyone?

After reading Brentrn's link, my mind naturally went into "what if" mode in an attempt to come up with a way to foil GPS thieves. My first thought was; find an old, broken unit... break it up some more, until it's obvious that it's totally trashed, and clip that one to your mounting device whenever you leave your car. That way, you don't have to detail the inside of your vehicle every time you park it (erasing the time you saved by using the GPS in the first place).

The thief will look in your window, assume you're an out of control driver who finally blew up at the nagging "recalculating" GPS bi#*! and decided to teach her a lesson by bashing her to death (which is probably how a thief would handle it's problems, so it would most likely sympathize with you, even though you totally ruined any chance of its getting a decent GPS for free... Unless it's only looking for parts, that is).

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Try this...

djs wrote:
mark23 wrote:

I bought my wife a bigger bag so when we go out I put my c330 and the holder in her bag.

Nice ... get your wife to carry it for you! For some reason I don't think that'll fly with my wife. Here honey, I got you a bigger bag, can you carry my GPS?

I can hear her now .... (it's not pretty!)

Tell your wife that upgrading your c330 to any one of the nuvi series would take up less space in her bag, and that you would be more than happy to lighten her load by carrying your nuvi anytime.

I got a bigger bag

so I can carry the Garmin too! hell of a reason to buy a new purse!!

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aVOL2 - Julie

LOL That would be>>>

aVOL2 wrote:

so I can carry the Garmin too! hell of a reason to buy a new purse!!

my wife's philosophy; plus the new shoes to make up for the added wear on her soles due to that extra 5.5 oz she had to carry smile

Ted

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"You can't get there from here"

nice idea, but ....

avd24 wrote:

Tell your wife that upgrading your c330 to any one of the nuvi series would take up less space in her bag, and that you would be more than happy to lighten her load by carrying your nuvi anytime.

I've got the Nuvi ... still doesn't fly!

GPS Thefts

I know several friends that never leave their GPS units in the vehicle cabin ( under seat or glove box) when they leave the car. They lock them in the trunk and take them in their briefcase or purse.

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JG - Nuvi 2460

locking gps using different home location

I remember someone here recommending that you lock your GPS device using an alternative location rather than your home. This is to prevent the theif from unlocking your GPS unit. I've done this as a safe guard. Don't forget to register your unit with Garmin so they have all of your information...

My wife is ok with the

My wife is ok with the bigger bag as long its a coach bag. cost more than my gps.

Stop them

Keep your windshield clean to avoid those suction cup ring marks !!!

My tale of woe

I never leave mine in the car anymore. A couple weeks ago my son took my car when he spent the night with a friend. You guessed it. A thief busted the window and stole the GPS and my son's CD collection. They popped the trunk and found his Stratocaster (guitar) and grabbed that too. To add insult to injury, I had paid off the loan on the car the day before and promptly dropped the full coverage insurance to save a few bucks. Arrgghhh! I had to buy my new GPS out of my own pocket (plus pay to have a new window installed). My son no longer borrows my car and I no longer leave anything of value in it. Ever.

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JJStephens

DC Area

When parking, police in the DC area are advising GPS owners to remove the suction cup mount even if the unit is outside of the car to stop thieves from presuming the unit may be located in the car (glove compartment, under the seat, in the visor, etc.).

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

Belt Clip

spider_elliott wrote:
mark23 wrote:

I bought my wife a bigger bag so when we go out I put my c330 and the holder in her bag.

I just put mine in my briefcase.

I put mine on my belt with a case taht is used for one of those flat cameras

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Re: Belt Clip

asianfire wrote:

I put mine on my belt with a case taht is used for one of those flat cameras

Funny... I couldn't GIVE those away when I posted I had a few of them on POI factory a while back. They do come in handy, but increase the geek factor exponentially:)

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increased geek factor ...

What's your point? :+)
I've always considered being called a (geek) an honor, no matter what Merriam-Webster says.

dd

GPS passion = geek passion

bfk wrote:
asianfire wrote:

I put mine on my belt with a case taht is used for one of those flat cameras

Funny... I couldn't GIVE those away when I posted I had a few of them on POI factory a while back. They do come in handy, but increase the geek factor exponentially:)

Yeah yeah yeah, I am geek

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Geekness

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Allan Barnett - Garmin nüvi 885T/765T/Pharos GPS (bluetooth) w/MS Maps on PPC

Not quite a geek

This test is too funny! I'm 45% geek - Is it because of GPS, ipod, ubantu, etc....?? Well, if you are a higher caliber geek, and can't find someone on this website to pick up, try this: http://www.gk2gk.com/

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~Caroline =D Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. - Aldous Huxley

I have

started to put the whole thing in my backpack when I leave my truck. Since I use the dash disc, I don't have to worry about the telltale ring on the windshield.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.

Another GPS theft story

Here's another story on GPS thefts. It includes some good advice for GPS owners:

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/2007/09/gps_thefts_rise.php

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Brent - DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S

I always take mine GPSr with

I always take mine GPSr with me b/c it doubles as a PDA (I have the Garmin iQue M5). But I leave the bean bag on. Too much hassle and time wasting to remove it each time.

So far, no problem yet. Crossing my fingers.

Sand Bag

I bought one of those sand bags for my dash ... It was around $40 but worth it as the whole GPS is now portable.

GPS Theft

Forget using the trunk! Bad guys can punch out the trunk lock in 2 seconds and this is where they usually go first. The beach parking lots are notorius for this MO. Jake

Pretty Geeky

I wound up with a 62% geek---thanks to the LOTR knowledge and comic books. But I don't know anything about Star Trek so that helped keep me a little grounded.

Stolen unit

I just had a c340 garmin stolen out of my truck a couple weeks ago.

GPS thefts skyrocket, and become brazen

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5174205.html

Sept. 28, 2007, 11:44PM
GPS thefts skyrocket, and become brazen
Hiding device and keeping windshield clean might help