Midwest City, OK (PressExposure) September 05, 2009 -- Global Positioning System:
The Global Positioning System (GPS)is a wonderful tool to own. Some cars have GPS units installed at the time the car is manufactured. Many people have purchased the GPS units from department stores, electronic stores, or on line. But, police departments have been receiving reports of criminal action involving stolen GPS devices.
One case in particular, involved a stolen GPS, and a home break in, that lead to a family's belongings being stolen. While a family was attending a football game, their car was broken into. Items stolen from the car included some cash, a garage door remote controller, and the GPS (that was mounted on the dashboard).
When they got home, they found their house had been ransacked, and most everything of value had been either stolen or broken.
The GPS guided the thieves to the house, and the garage door remote gave them complete access to the house, The thieves knew the family was at a football game, knew when the game started, and they knew about how much time they had to clean out the house.
Many things were taken, such as a big screen television, stereo and speakers, computers, jewelry, and other high priced items and valuables. The police believed the thieves had brought a truck because so many things were removed from the house.
Police cautioned about putting home addresses in a GPS unit. The suggested inserting an address near your home instead of your actual address, for instance, a gas station or other business. This way, you would still be able to find your way home when using the GPS, but if the unit was stolen, the criminal would not have your actual address.
Another victim had her purse stolen, which had her cell phone, credit cards, bank card, drivers license, and cash. Approximately 20 minutes later, she called her husband from a pay phone, to tell him what happened.
He said, he had received a text message from his wife about their pin number and had text the information back to her. They rushed to the bank, but the bank staff told them the money had been withdrawn!
The thief had used the cell phone to text "hubby" in the contact list to get the pin number to their bank account. And, within 20 minutes, all their money had been withdrawn.
1. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like, mom, dad, hubby, sweetheart, honey, and so on.
2. When personal information is asked by text, do not reply! Confirm the text message by calling back!
3. If you receive a text, from friends or family, and they ask you to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message actually came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet "family and friends" who text you.