Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
GPS is the single greatest invention since the wheel. Well, it is for me. Admittedly, Iâ€™m not a great driver. I donâ€™t pay attention as much as I should. I day dream and I miss exits. Iâ€™m safe, but I just donâ€™t like to drive. GPS gets me there.
Iâ€™ve messed with all kinds of GPS devices to get me from A to B. Iâ€™ve used iPhone Apps, Google Maps and the GPS that came built into me vehicleâ€™s dashboard. My dashboard GPS is frustrating and less than user friendly. So I went out and picked up one of the name brand portable models. I LOVE IT!
Out of the box, it brought me through a set up wizard. The set up wizard prompted me to plug in my home address into a field appropriately called â€œHome.â€ This thing is so user friendly it allows you to press this one button from wherever you are at the time and it gets you home!
What a fantastic feature; for a car thief or a burglar!. As soon as I saw this feature I was like, ahhhh NO! Iâ€™m not plugging my home address in this thing. If my vehicle was ever stolen, the thief would know where I lived and have the remote control to my garage too! And if you ever valet a car at a restaurant or function, the valet has a buddy who then goes to your home and burgles it! With your keys! So I plugged â€œHomeâ€ as the address where city hall is. Plus I never give my house keys to a valet.
Some of you reading this might be saying â€œThe thief still has your address on your vehicle registrationâ€ Ahhhh, NO! Not mine. First, youâ€™re supposed to carry your registration in your wallet and not leave it in the car. I learned this after the cop who I reported my stolen car told me this 20 years ago. And my registration is listed as a PO Box. I use a PO Box as a corresponding address for almost every transaction that allows it. I have a barrier between my home life and every thing else.
Remember, you have to think like a burglar to prevent a burglary.