Thieves Arnt As Stupid As I Thought

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  1. corky 280

    corky 280 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Not all thieves are stupid.

    This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

    GPS

    A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a ballet game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the ballet stadium and specially allotted to ballet fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.
    When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the ballet game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

    Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it.. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

    MOBILE PHONES
    I never thought of this.......

    This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her mobile, credit card, wallet... Etc...was stolen.
    20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

    Moral of the lesson:
    Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.

    Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....

    And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

    Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you..
     
  2. mk3laserboy

    mk3laserboy Registered Capri Power Member

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    Funny you should say that mate.
    I was training a college the other week, and she mentioned the same thing, about the satnav 'HOME' location.
    She puts in an address a few roads away..i have now changed my HOME location to somewhere else.
    A very good point mate!
    I think i may change my phone habits too! :thumbup1:
     
  3. DanVauxTec

    DanVauxTec Registered Capri Power Member

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    Iv got mine set to the nearby industrial estate for exactly that reason.
     
  4. mattylad

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    my mates uncle is a plumber, he got called to a job in a hotel complex that had vallet parking. he did the job and when he got home found that his house had been ransacked.

    the vallet had used the satnav 'home' button, used his house keys which were on the same set of keys as his vans, he used his own van so none of the neighbours would be suspicious and robbed him of all prized possesions!

    some people have no morals! but as you say, not as stupid as you'd think
     
  5. Dazzler666

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    Great post mate .... I work in this 'area' as so to speak and it brought it to the fore in my mind. Figured the sat nav one but only when reading but the phone one .. very clever! Scum seem to get more intuitive everyday.
    Great post though and I shall be passing this on to friends and family as some great points very well made! :thumbup1:

    Cheers.
     
  6. oldschoolfords

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    Good post. Luckily for me I early use a sat nav so it's never in the car, house keys are separate to the car, don't have a home number in my phone!! (I've been here 20 years I should know it by now)

    But that said I agree they are picking up on these clues that WE obviously leave them!! If we weren't So stupid as to pretty much give them it on a plate there would be much less of it about, and 9 times out of 10 it's down to our own laziness! Only the other day I was walking down a street in town (not a nice one either) and there was a little fiesta worlds easiest car to break into with the sat nav on the screen still on so was lighting the inside of the car up! I could also see a iPod and a wallet..... A WALLET!!! That's the first thing you take outta your car!!! Anyways needless to say I had the lot!!! ;)
     
  7. chrischandler1

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    Can't you just put a password on your Gps? Mine has that option
     
  8. Liverpool-Lad

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    Still havent got a GPS and I dont think I ever will!
     
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    Think I'll stick to my Collins 1999 road map for directions. :stunned:
     
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    my garage is down the road from my house and gps is set to that because if i punch in my home address and post code it takes me 5 miles away to a house with the same number and road name but has different post code so hell knows why it takes me there
     
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    Is that the one with the fixed camera locations? I got the 2000 version.

    2.8iman...
     
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    Sickest bit of thieving I ever came across was when my wife who was a district nurse was looking after a women in clinic and her husband / partner ransacked her handbag which was in the next area. They were the only people there in the place and she didnt realise until they were gone. No proof and would have just been seen as a loose accusation.
    cards, phone the lot went.

    ++

    Had a local clown in my front garden a while back nicking my plants - came home and caught him. should have buried him there and then but being older and wiser i told him to sod off.
    He then threated to "Come back and shiv me later".
    Not easlily frightened, but you then worry for your family.
    Police arrived eventually. Didnt press charges but asked them to explain to him that if he comes on my property i will assume he means me serious harm and deal with it accordingly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    they said "fair enough" --
    I like that sensible kinda policing. Good lads!!!

    cp
     
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    I heard about this happening a few times. I ways thought capri,s were the easiest car to break into ?
     
  14. stuey650

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    heard of the sat nav thing before, phone ones abit stupid, anyone that has a fancy phone and no keylock on it these days is just asking for trouble.
     
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    acording to my tom tom sat nav my home address is 2 streets away :lol: so good luck to the thieving gits if they get hold of my sat nav .
     
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    My home on sat nav is set to a shopping centre in York. If i can't find my way back from there I'm giving up driving. Being out in the sticks in north yorkshire, it's easy to find my way back from almost anywhere within 50 miles...
     
  17. NialDiamond

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    what a great topic...............
    my satnav has always been set to the local police station about a mile away because of this ,the scam was featured last year on the real hustle.
    :guitar3: :guitar3: :guitar3:
     
  18. corky 280

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    I got this in an e-mail and I was surprised at it. I know when I get a sat nav I wont be putting my home address in I will probably do the same as nial and put it as a police station great idea that :thumbup1:
     
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    Possibly not thought this one through but..........How about putting you "home" postcode as somewhere you know has CCTV? If you had a rough idea of the time it gets nicked you could suggest to the police they check the CCTV from the location you had put down as home? Couple that with CCTV from where it was nicked and maybe they could match the thief's vehicle. Think I read somewhere that you, on average, get nabbed on CCTV 300 times a day!

    On another note, these IP CCTV cameras you can now buy and connect to the internet to keep an eye on things at home via your iPhone etc. Does anyone know if they can be rigged to call you if they detect movement?
     
  20. Liverpool-Lad

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    They probably are easy enough, hence the need to tool them up with insurance approved alarms, immobilisers and hardware.
     

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