Some people left their car 
> in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and 
> someone broke into the car. Using the information on the 
> car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to 
> the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if 
> we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we 
> should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, 
> nor your remote garage door opener. 
> This gives us something to 
> think about with all our new electronic technology. 

> 2. GPS 
> Someone had their car broken 
> into while they were at a football game. Their car was 
> parked on the green which was adjacent to the football 
> stadium and specially allotted to football 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 football 
> 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. 


This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her 
> names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her 
> handbag, which contained her cell phone, 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 withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all 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: 

> a. 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.... 

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

> c. 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. 


All the best,