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Thieves use satnav to find home of victim

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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Just thought I'd bring peoples attention to this :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/23/nsatnav123.xml

In particular this bit :

"If you must have a setting saved to get you home, only ever put your town in to get you back to familiar territory," Mr Walsh added. "Don't use the postcode."
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I heard that a few months back on fivelive, scary stuff
#2
That's terrifying! Luckily enough I invested in a TomTom.
#3
how i delete all records of my travels on my tom tom 510

save meee b4 its too late!
#4
Perhaps I'm being a bit dim here but what is the benefit in knowing the person's home address? Is it simply the assumption that if they have your sat nav then you can't be at home? If someone stole my satnav while I was away, it really wouldn't do the much benefit - aside from the fact my house is probably many hundred miles away, there's usually someone else around in which case the thieves would still have to scout it out to see if anyone was around. I don't really see how I'm in a worse position than if a local criminal decided to break into my house.

Personally I use a mobile phone for GPS which means it's never left alone in the car anyway.

John
#5
Johnmcl7
Perhaps I'm being a bit dim here but what is the benefit in knowing the person's home address? Is it simply the assumption that if they have your sat nav then you can't be at home? If someone stole my satnav while I was away, it really wouldn't do the much benefit - aside from the fact my house is probably many hundred miles away, there's usually someone else around in which case the thieves would still have to scout it out to see if anyone was around. I don't really see how I'm in a worse position than if a local criminal decided to break into my house.

Personally I use a mobile phone for GPS which means it's never left alone in the car anyway.

John

Because they know your in the themepark and not at home.
#6
Johnmcl7
Perhaps I'm being a bit dim here but what is the benefit in knowing the person's home address?


Such as where that guys sat nav was stolen (Alton Towers), Its likely to be a whole family thats out.

But equally if you go down to Tesco's for food shopping with a full car (2 adults, 2 kids etc), There is a good chance the house is empty and there is at least 20 mins till they get back!
#7
That's still making an assumption though - there's no guarantee the house is empty, it would be easier to drive along a row and just choose one that looks most likely to be empty. A family may be out shopping but what about the dog, or neighbours or any other numerous factors?

I really think this is just scaremongering - similarly we were told not to have our dog's name on his tag because someone could steal him by using his name. Needless to say the dog has his name on the tag and I have my home address on my GPS, anyone who tries to break into the house while I'm away will find knowing my dog's name of little help to calming him down again intruders.

John
#8
Not really an assumption, If a family has just arrived at a theme park, They will spend a couple of hours there, You nick the sat nav, The house is say 1 hour away, You get there and its a house that would match the owners (No car on the drive, Only 3-4 bedrooms, Looks like everyone is out) then they probably are.....)

As for scaremongering, Yes to a degree it is, Because most people wouldn't have a 20k car outside their house.....As you say, it would be alot easier to monitor a house over a period of one day, Pick a time (like when they go shopping) and break in then..
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I had a tomtom 510 stole from my van last year, i was hoping they would use the "HOME" function to find my address then i could have done the same damage to them as what they did to my van getting the bleeding thing out!!!
#10
Why bother driving a whole hour though? Just pick a local house and save yourself the time, even if the entire family is out what if they have a good alarm? A good guard dog? What if they have relatively alert neighbours?

John
#11
If they press the home button on mine they will meet the wife, then they will be sorry :giggle: :giggle:
#12
golfchip
I had a tomtom 510 stole from my van last year, i was hoping they would use the "HOME" function to find my address then i could have done the same damage to them as what they did to my van getting the bleeding thing out!!!


You have to get rep for that - great comment :thumbsup:

John
#13
No problem with my AA Road Atlas, nobody has ever tried to nick it either.. :-D
#14
You could always set your home address to that of the biggest hardest nutter in your area - preferably in possesion of a mentally disturbed rottweiler!!!
#15
Johnmcl7
Perhaps I'm being a bit dim here but what is the benefit in knowing the person's home address? Is it simply the assumption that if they have your sat nav then you can't be at home? If someone stole my satnav while I was away, it really wouldn't do the much benefit - aside from the fact my house is probably many hundred miles away, there's usually someone else around in which case the thieves would still have to scout it out to see if anyone was around. I don't really see how I'm in a worse position than if a local criminal decided to break into my house.

Personally I use a mobile phone for GPS which means it's never left alone in the car anyway.

John



And if you ever leave you phone in your coat along with your house keys and have your coat stolen while out (at restaurant for example) then the thieves not only have your home address but keys for an easy entry.....

Play safe, at least don't put your address in as 'home', put it as your local police station instead ;-) (or somebody you don't like !! - just kidding)
#16
I would never leave my phone or keys in a coat pocket, they are always in a zipped trouser pocket - furthermore they are never kept in the same pocket either. And as I mentioned earlier, if I'm using sat nav I'm normally a long way from home (over 400 miles) I generally know the area within that well enough not to need satnav. So if the thief somehow manages to get my phone, and my keys there's still the issue of the dog (he hates travelling any sort of distance), from past experience he's managed to stop a couple of would be intruders.

I have actually been robbed before and it was nothing to do with satnav or my keys. The robbers broke into the building, took a fire axe and decided to go for my flat. Despite the fact the doors were properly secured, they didn't survive the beating from the fire axe leaving them in pieces.

John
#17
Johnmcl7
I would never leave my phone or keys in a coat pocket, they are always in a zipped trouser pocket - furthermore they are never kept in the same pocket either. And as I mentioned earlier, if I'm using sat nav I'm normally a long way from home (over 400 miles) I generally know the area within that well enough not to need satnav. So if the thief somehow manages to get my phone, and my keys there's still the issue of the dog (he hates travelling any sort of distance), from past experience he's managed to stop a couple of would be intruders.

I have actually been robbed before and it was nothing to do with satnav or my keys. The robbers broke into the building, took a fire axe and decided to go for my flat. Despite the fact the doors were properly secured, they didn't survive the beating from the fire axe leaving them in pieces.

John


This wasn't directed so much at you, but to anybody in genreal. There are people that leave their keys and sat nav in their jacket/coat, thats all.
#18
Having experienced someone nicking a sat nav out of my van while working, I know it's a pretty grim feeling, fortunately I didn't have "home" inputted. I now have a new sat nav from work, and I will be putting a " home " setting in this one, not mine but the nearby "traveller" site, that way if it's nicked and they try to find out where I live they'll have a nasty surprise when they get there!!!
#19
LOL, my thought precisely!!
#20
Its the same thing init, you put your address on suitcase labels when your on holiday, thieves can check people luggage KNOWING that they are going on hols for at least a week! RESULT! empty house to rob. Someone steals your car and you have sat nav with your address stored as " HOME" the thieves will drive YOUR car that they stole to YOUR house and steal YOUR things, knowing they got head start on you as you now have NO transport to get home!
#21
pcnutta
Its the same thing init, you put your address on suitcase labels when your on holiday, thieves can check people luggage KNOWING that they are going on hols for at least a week! RESULT! empty house to rob. Someone steals your car and you have sat nav with your address stored as " HOME" the thieves will drive YOUR car that they stole to YOUR house and steal YOUR things, knowing they got head start on you as you now have NO transport to get home!


I agree with what your saying, all except the suitcase part. When travelling I always have my contact details inside my case, including where I'm going and where I'm returning to. Travelling in this country I don't have any address on the outside of my case. When travelling abroad, on the way I only have where I'm travelling to on the outside, I only enter my return address just before check in on my way back.

By the way pcnutter thanks for the banner;-) :giggle:
#22
MrGrumpyman
LOL, my thought precisely!!


Incase someone thinks Mrgrumpyman is going mad, He isn't talking to himself, One of my posts have got removed..... :thumbsup:

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