Do not direct criminals to your home with the GPS device!

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Crime has unfortunately become a part of modern society. It is important that we guard against the threats from criminals and consider a few guidelines on how to use technology correctly. The Arrive Alive website received an email with serious food for thought when using our new electronic technology.

I would like to quote:

“A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football match. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans.

Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.

The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Moral of the lesson:

Do not list your home address on your GPS. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Rather use a nearby address or another reference as name for the destination…

Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc…

2 comments

  1. it gets worse, I was visiting a friend one evening and had some mail in my car with my home addres on it. The thieves broke into my car, saw my address, realized I wasn’t at home and broke into my house!

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