GPS, Cell Phones And Safety

This email was sent to me and is verified as partially true by Snopes. Evidently it has been going around for some time but is the first I heard of it. Definitely something worth considering.

Snopes verified as "partially true": GPS Burglary

Whether true or not, still possible so take warning!!

This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.


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.


I never thought of this.......

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... Etc...was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.'

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff toll d them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:

Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.

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

And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you're being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends'
who text you.

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There was a story about this type of thing on the news afew months ago. Apparently the thieve broke into a car and stole the couple's gragedoor opener and GPS while they were at the movies. Places like that and football games give thieves plenty of time to loot the places. That Sucks.
Im sure this has happened. Don't leave anything in your car. My wife had her gun stolen out of the glove box in her car in our drive way. It was out side just a short time while we cleaned the garage. She was always careful not to leave it in the car except the one time and that was all it took.

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