GPS, Garage Doors, and You

I have seen a few articles that noted the trend of criminals who steal cars and use the GPS to drive to the victim’s house, knowing that the victim is not at home. The garage door opener left in the car provides the means for the thieves to enter the residence for the robbery.

Since we don’t have a GPS or a garage door opener, I can consider this situation somewhat objectively. The recommendations of the various writers was to leave the “Home” button of the GPS unprogrammed or to set it to a nearby intersection or local business but not your actual home address.

That’s no fun.

I say set your GPS Home location to the closest police station.

You leave your event (football game, concert, etc.) and get that sinking feeling as you begin to think your car is stolen. Simply call the police station (you do have the police station’s number in your cell phone, don’t you? And no, 911 is not their number.) and ask if they see a such-and-such car in their parking lot. No, you don’t say “such-and-such” – you need to replace that phrase with the make and model and color of your vehicle.

Of course, the savvy burglar might realize what is happening and figure you swapped your Home and Police Station entries. So don’t make it too easy and enter your home address under the title of “Police Station”. Make it “Church” or “Doberman Breeder” or something else.

But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

Matthew 24:43

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3 Responses to “GPS, Garage Doors, and You”

  1. Phoebe Says:

    Funny. If we had a GPS and an attached garage, I’d do that!

  2. Buckley Says:

    A smart criminal could also just find the address on the registration for the vehicle, which most people keep in their vehicles.

  3. Some Guy Says:

    But you’ll weed out the dumb ones. Plus the registration doesn’t tell the bad guy how to get to your house. It’s more convenient to use the GPS. Especially when half the houses are in places like Eagle Eye Terrace and Hawk Wing Court and they are hard to keep straight as it is.

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