April 18, 2007

More Stolen GPS Units in the News

Worcester MA (about 60 miles west of Boston) has a mini-GPS crime wave going on, maybe your city will too. In a period of about 7 weeks, 29 GPS systems were stolen in the city, 27 of them ripped out of cars.

“We’ve been looking at the GPS systems being the primary target of a lot of break-ins to motor vehicles,” Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said. “We’re in the process of having our Crime Analysis Unit specifically map the locations of where the GPS are being stolen, so we can have a better handle on times of day and specific locations, so that we can put some strategies in place to address this.”

On March 19th, apparently a thief was so bold as to try to steal a GPS out of a US Marshall van that was clearly marked with who's car it was. Luckily for the marshall, the GPS was inside with him and only the empty box was sitting on the seat at the time.

So, by all means take them off the windshield when parking and carry them with you. Recall that Garmin has what they call Garmin Lock - which sets PIN code for the GPS so that it won't work for the thief.... but it's still long gone before s/he figures that out though.

More at the Worcester Telegram

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 18, 2007 6:41 AM

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