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    WARNING ...Satnav thieves using information stored to burgle owner's homes', warn police

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    'Satnav thieves using information stored to burgle owner's homes', warn police.


    Thieves are stealing car's satellite navigation systems so that they can use them to target people's homes in burglaries, police warned.
    Criminals are breaking into vehicles parked in public places to take sat navs before following the directions to 'home' which many users store on the gadget.
    They then are able to make their second 'hit' on the victim - and burgle the property knowing the occupant is likely to be out.
    Police urged motorists to wipe their personal details from the gadgets or risk having their homes ransacked.
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    'They need to be wary of entering details of their home address or telephone number into their satellite navigation kit. If the item is stolen, saved details such as this could direct thieves to the owner's home address.
    "We urge these details should not be saved - but if they must be saved, they should be named in a way which does not provide a link to a home address.
    "It may be worthwhile to use the name of a person rather than the word 'home'."

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    Original Poster

    Many of them automatically ask the owner to enter a base address - so the gadget can guide them home at the touch of a button.
    But since their rise in popularity, the portable kits have become a number one target for thieves - as they are easy to steal and are not security coded like in-car hi-fi systems. Last year, statistics from the British Crime Survey revealed there were more than a million thefts from vehicles - with up to a quarter of these thought to be sat navs.
    Thieves are also targeting mobile phones - which people often store their home addresses on - in a similar way.

    Original Poster

    [LEFT][SIZE=5]Police urged motorists to wipe their personal details from the gadgets or risk having their homes ransacked.[/SIZE]
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    Better still, remove the SD card from the Sat Nav unit when you leave the car (assuming, of course, your unit has a card).

    or just put in a neighbours address, preferably someone you dont like, so if you do get your sat nav nicked and then they do get their home ransacked you aint overly bothered.

    replace home with a police station postcode

    Yea, heard about this a while ago, I have stored mine along with the other favourite addresses, rather than under home.

    MinstrelMan;3496119

    or just put in a neighbours address, preferably someone you dont like, so … or just put in a neighbours address, preferably someone you dont like, so if you do get your sat nav nicked and then they do get their home ransacked you aint overly bothered.



    Oh I do love your nasty little mind!!!!!

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    cis_groupie;3496052

    Better still, remove the SD card from the Sat Nav unit when you leave the … Better still, remove the SD card from the Sat Nav unit when you leave the car (assuming, of course, your unit has a card).


    yeah all well & good but they'll still nick yer unit! not cheap to replace!

    Original Poster

    cis_groupie;3496052

    Better still, remove the SD card from the Sat Nav unit when you leave the … Better still, remove the SD card from the Sat Nav unit when you leave the car (assuming, of course, your unit has a card).



    MinstrelMan;3496119

    or just put in a neighbours address, preferably someone you dont like, so … or just put in a neighbours address, preferably someone you dont like, so if you do get your sat nav nicked and then they do get their home ransacked you aint overly bothered.


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    Had to laugh as I thought of the same.

    or set home postcode or GPS marking to a minefield

    source?

    email that does the rounds.

    dont you just love common sense

    Im so worried :lazy:

    Well mines on my phone. So more likely to leave it in the pub than in the car. My 'Home' is set to my address but they will have to get past my pin code first.

    To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you ......................empty the contents of your home before you leave . This will fool the burglers into thinking you have moved house .
    I did it once and forgot where I put my belongings .

    ricko;3497865

    To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you … To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you ......................empty the contents of your home before you leave . This will fool the burglers into thinking you have moved house . I did it once and forgot where I put my belongings .



    :giggle:

    Original Poster

    ricko;3497865

    To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you … To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you ......................empty the contents of your home before you leave . This will fool the burglers into thinking you have moved house . I did it once and forgot where I put my belongings .


    lmao

    To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you … To avoid this dreadfull sort of thing happening to you ......................empty the contents of your home before you leave . This will fool the burglers into thinking you have moved house . I did it once and forgot where I put my belongings .



    Why not put a note on your mantlepiece saying "I have hidden all my goods at...." - that way you'll always be able to find them again.

    I used to think this then I realised...who puts their house number in?!!!!! Generally you'll just put your own postcode in because I'm sure most people know where their own house is on their road! With no house number it's pot luck if the burglar manages to choose the correct house!
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