Thursday, February 28, 2013


1. 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

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
aGPS 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.

I never thought of this.......
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withdrawn.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minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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.

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