September 19, 2007

More GPS Thefts

Long time readers know that GPS thefts are an issue, and they are on the rise. The numbers may still seem small, but they are growing fast. Because GPS units are usually around $500 or less, they will fall under most people’s deductibles for insurance. What’s that mean? You’re out of luck and you get stuck with the bill.

GPS thefts are up over 200% in Montgomery county MD, outside of Washington DC, and that’s comparing the first 8 months of 2007 to all of 2006. That’s not the only place, as theft rates are up 100+% in other cities around the US too. Apparently thefts in Australia and Britain are on the rise as more people have a GPS, and more thieves find that they are easy to sell once stolen.

So stash those GPS units before you dash off to your shopping or job or whatever you are going to do. I think that this makes the case again for the flat form factor of a thing GPS; easier to take along and not get it stolen.

Recall that there might be a simple solution - take the GPS with you and wipe off those Suction Cup Marks.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 19, 2007 6:56 AM

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