5/18/2012 - Car thieves using GPS data to engage in home theft
Home invaders are adopting new strategies in their attempts to enter and burglarize people's homes, a new report indicates.
According to the LoJack Corporation, car thieves are taking advantage of in-vehicle technology to help them find homeowners' residences and engage in theft.
Patrick Clancy, vice president of law enforcement for LoJack, noted that criminals engage in these practices by hitting the 'home' button on GPS navigation systems, which directs them to the residence of the person whose vehicle was stolen. They then use the garage door opener to enter the house.
However, Clancy said homeowners could reduce the risk of this happening to them by implementing a few common sense measures.
For example, instead of consumers programming their information into a GPS' home feature, they should use it only as a destination. In addition, motorists are encouraged not to leave technologies like GPS and other portable navigation devices in plain sight, as this may increase the chances of a vehicle being stolen.
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