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    Re: Beware of your GPS!
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2009 May 2, 04:00 +1000
    What is no urban myth is that the tell-tale marks left by the suction pads on the inside of the windscreen (I seem to remember youse Americans call it something else but can't think what for the moment) encourage thieves to break into the car.  Now the unit is only worth a few hundred dollars and easily replaceable, although the damage caused can be extensive..

    For this reason units supplied with the car, thus built into the dash, are to be preferred, although that $300 GPS becomes a $3,000 option.  Ouch!


    On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 10:30 PM, RBEmerson <pavilion@pinefields.com> wrote:

    See Snopes.Com on this:
    http://www.snopes.com/crime/intent/gps.asp

    Rating: Partly True

    Naturally, leaving attractive items (e.g., GPS) in plain sight in
    parked car is ...ah... unwise, if for no other reason than to avoid a
    break-in into the car.

    Cheers,
    Rick

    On May 1, 1:46 am, Peter Fogg <piter...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > A story from the UK:
    >
    > “Recently, a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into
    > while they were at a football game. 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 that 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.”



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