Avoid GPS Stupidity!

12/21/2010 Update:

Hoboken Police remind you again: Remove GPS units!

Detective Sergeant Sam Williams from the Hoboken Police Department is once again asking that everyone who owns/uses a GPS device in their car to USE COMMON SENSE. He says that “Residents leaving any electronics, particularly GPS units in their vehicles should be avoided. There has been an unusually high number of vehicular burglaries and GPS thefts during the month of December.”

He goes on to say that the GPS units are portable for a reason – and that any “traces” of GPS ownership (suction cup marks, etc.) should also be cleaned up.

Williams added, “Thieves will break in if they see this mark thinking that there is a GPS unit hidden inside the vehicle.”

But then again, common sense is a rare commodity these days!

Thefts on the rise

hoboken-stolen-gps-theft-increase.jpgWhile our violent crime rate is low, one offense is seemingly on the rise: THEFTS.

I listen to the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire radio each day – and I’ve noticed a distinct increase both burglaries (either “in progress” or occurred in the past – called “Cold B&E’s”) – and theft of property from vehicles.

GPS units that are left on the dash are easy targets for criminals indeed.

However, I have noticed that police are doing a good job of identifying these vehicles in advance (i.e., possibly reaching out to owners to remove the high-profile and costly devices from plain sight.) It’s almost like leaving cash on the dash.

Why don’t people realize that?

Money blown on useless signs

As you’ve read on Hoboken411, the city wastes money on public hearing signs for a tree, or excessive “Welcome to Hoboken” signs.

If “sign money” is burning a hole in the City’s pockets – why not spend it on something a bit more “common sense” and helpful?

If they HAVE to spend money on metal signs – I’d recommend one or both of the following:

  • At all entrances to the city: create GIANT signs that say “Stow your GPS and other valuables or they will be stolen!”
  • Or something similar to the mockup I made in this photo below. I did this picture in 60 seconds – but a friendly reminder to “remove your GPS” might go a long way!

hoboken-great-idea-for-a-sign-no-gps-in-car.jpg

I want to know WHO leaves these things in plain sight… Are they Hoboken residents? Visitors from the cushy suburbs? I tend to give local car-owners the benefit of the doubt, but this is happening way too often.

Assignment: Your next walk around town (at night) count how many visible GPS units you see… note the location and whether they have a Hoboken parking sticker and report back your results…

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13 Comments on "Avoid GPS Stupidity!"

bmacqueens
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[quote comment=”152341″]I have a garmen C330, a fairly popular inexpensive unit. it has a fairly large suction cup mount that the unit clips into.

I am looking to replace it with something thinner that I can mount up by the visor so you cant see from outside.

Anyone know of a mount that clips either to the visor or better yet the headliner and then flips down?[/quote]

Get the California base. It’s a heavy bean bag that goes on the dashboard with a removable post that holds the GPS unit. It leaves no tell-tale suction cup mark on the window and can be entirely stowed away in the glove box.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Why bother mounting it? I usually leave mine on top of the steering column (against the speedometer) or on the passenger seat.

plywood
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plywood

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” — Henry Mencken

personalt
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personalt

I have a garmen C330, a fairly popular inexpensive unit. it has a fairly large suction cup mount that the unit clips into.

I am looking to replace it with something thinner that I can mount up by the visor so you cant see from outside.

Anyone know of a mount that clips either to the visor or better yet the headliner and then flips down?

grandstreetguy
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grandstreetguy

Sounds like all of those Big Brother cameras they installed around town are really helping!

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