stolen tom tom - can you disable it remotely?

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Found 13th Sep 2009
Following on from the thread about stolen items from a car , I had my tomtom stolen
Is it possible to disable it remotley ie somehow get in contact with TOMTOM who cad then block it or of the like?

I have registered it as I recieve regular updates for the maps from tomtom if that helps?

Anyone any ideas?

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Nope, Unfortunately not

Original Poster

oh well worth try! thanks anyways

I think theirs a website where you can report things as stolen, i,e list the serial number of the device and hopefully tempt people away from buying it in the future. Can't think of the website though and to be honest is probably a waste of time, But you never know.

I suppose you could always give TomTom a ring, They'll probably tell you the same as I have but the more people who suggest remotely disabling them the more chance they'll do something like that in the future. Which you would think wouldn't be too hard.

Hi it might not be much help but the nice guys at pocketgpsworld have a database running in association with police forces to register stolen sat nav.
It's a thread on their forum where you can post the deatails of your device. Youl probally have to register on the site to post though!
Pocket GPS National Register

The police have [url]www.immobilise.com[/url]. You can register mobs, satnavs, laptops etc. If lost or stolen you report it on there. Then if police find item, they can put details in and reunite with owner.

One other thing is that tomtoms come with pin number option...( you input your own number when swithced on for it to work ) so when the thief steals it, it's useless without the pin number.

Its a bit stupid isnt it...something thas has a GPS chip cant be located. Its a manufacturing ploy that they dont want you to find it...instead buy another one.otherswise big fleet companies wont pay someone else to tract their cars or heavy goods vehicles...

I would however find that police website which registers stolen items serial numbers in a database...just in case

Rupee Man;6279760

Its a bit stupid isnt it...something thas has a GPS chip cant be located. … Its a bit stupid isnt it...something thas has a GPS chip cant be located. Its a manufacturing ploy that they dont want you to find it...instead buy another one.otherswise big fleet companies wont pay someone else to tract their cars or heavy goods vehicles...



The GPS is a passive one way system - the GPS picks up the satelite position and works out where it is based on the data it receives however it never sends any data back to the GPS satelites. While it's possible to pair a Tomtom with a mobile phone for traffic information the Tomtom can work fine without a data link.

Fleet car systems are more advanced in that they include a gprs chipset to then communicate the current position and speed of the vehicle back to a central system over the mobile phone network.

John

Rupee Man;6279760

Its a bit stupid isnt it...something thas has a GPS chip cant be located. … Its a bit stupid isnt it...something thas has a GPS chip cant be located. Its a manufacturing ploy that they dont want you to find it...instead buy another one.otherswise big fleet companies wont pay someone else to tract their cars or heavy goods vehicles...I would however find that police website which registers stolen items serial numbers in a database...just in case



Not sure it's a ploy - if nobody left their sat nav in their car criminals would soon move onto something else.
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