What does your GPS tell thieves?

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Reading Todd Clarks post about the Iphone made me think of some other safety issues

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1980935/did-you-know-your-iphone-can-help-get-you-robbed-my-past-clients-didn-t-until-now-

Did you know what your GPS tells a thief?  Do you realize that if your vehicle is stolen, the information in the vehicle helps a thief?  

Example: 

You are enjoying the local high school football game.  Your car is either broken into or stolen.  What is in the car to help a thief?

Your insurance identication cards have your name and sometimes every vehicle that you own listed with your address. 

The garage remote will open your garage door for the thief to gain entry to the house.  If you don't lock the door from the house to the garage, easy entry. 

Your GPS?   Enter "GO HOME" and it will give the thief the easiest route to get to your home.  

So while you are enjoying the game, the thief has your address, your garage door opener and the amount of time you will be away from home.

One suggestion for the "Go Home" feature is to key in a business address close to your home.   Now the insurance card and garage door opener are  a different problem.   Open for ideas and suggestions for safety. 

Posted by

Faye Taylor

KB Home

New Home Sales Consultant

210 216-7722

ftaylor@kbhome.com

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Jacqueline Phan
Alliance Group - San Diego, CA

Wow! Never thought about it that way.  I use my GPS on my phone, but that seems even more dangerous! Thanks for opening up my eyes.

Nov 23, 2010 03:32 PM #1
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

I never thought about that either. Scary how technology can both help and hurt us at the same time.

Nov 23, 2010 04:32 PM #2
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Faye Taylor
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Jacqueline & Michael,

It is scary to think about.  The conveniences of life can also be a hazard.  Do I want to get rid of my garage opener?  NO way.  

I NEVER leave my GPS hanging on my windshield though.  Too dangerous.  I had always considered it an open invitation to rob me but had  never thought about the information in it.

I had friends go to the movies; they stashed their purses under the seat & came back to a vandalized vehicle.

Nov 23, 2010 06:12 PM #3
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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Hi Faye - thanks for bringing this issue up... Technology is great, I love it but we sure need to be careful.

Nov 26, 2010 04:38 PM #4
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Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
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This does give pause for ponder, doesn't it??

Had not thought about it.. but will be now.

Nov 26, 2010 08:04 PM #5
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Faye Taylor
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Faye Taylor

Wonder what else we use that has our information that we are not aware of?

Nov 29, 2010 02:47 PM #6
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Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

That is a great idea...I will change my home right now!

Cindy in Indy

Dec 15, 2010 09:33 PM #7
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Faye Taylor
Floresville, TX
Faye Taylor

Oh, Cindy.   I have NOT changed mine yet.  Me bad. 

Dec 16, 2010 11:52 AM #8
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Here in California we’re required to keep proof of insurance in our car. It, of course, has all the information that a thief would need to cause havoc in our lives.

Jan 24, 2011 01:44 PM #9
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Faye Taylor
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Faye Taylor

That is true for Texas also. Our ID cards not only have our names and addresses but EVERY driver on your policy.  Which is good for the police but not good if you are robbed.

One time my daughter locked the keys in the car and when I called roadside assist, they would not open the car unless I could provide proof to the locksmith that I owned the car PRIOR to him unlocking it.  I kept telling the dispactcher, I can provide proof of insurance in my name once the car is unlocked but she would not even dispatch someone to open the car.  IS that NUTS?

Jan 24, 2011 02:25 PM #10
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