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People think criminals are stupid but it often takes a thief to out smart people and show that many criminals are not so dumb.
Beware of what you do with your electronic gadgets.


Caveat Lector (Let the reader beware): Four case histories where gadgets helped the bad guys.









1. LONG-TERM PARKING




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 our registration/insurance cards in it, nor the 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.










3. CELL PHONES:




I never thought of this! This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty 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 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. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.







Moral of this story
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.







4. PURSE IN THE GROCERY CART SCAM:
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the child seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her.. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burgled. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burgle it.
 

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Whoa, that last one is pretty trippy.......pretty smart on the thieves part......same with #3....
 

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In today's society you can't be to careful. A thief has plenty of time to figure out how to use all these ' necessity's' to his advantage.
 

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Get a home security system. :) Even mean ass dogs can be lured away by a cheeseburger, I know a vehicle repossession guy who said cheeseburgers can tame any mean dog.
 

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Don't believe that for a minute. A well trained K9 will take the hand AND the cheeseburger.
 

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Don't believe that for a minute. A well trained K9 will take the hand AND the cheeseburger.
What you say is true, but how many people really train their dogs anymore? Most are scared to death of getting sued if their dog bites someone.
 

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Most home burglaries are done in the daytime, smash and grab. They ring your doorbell and if no one answers they smash a window or simply kick in the door.
A good trick is to put up a sign that says "Daytime Sleeper - If you wake me up I will hurt you. Go away - No Solicitations".

Now one of my old Ridgebacks was a mean SOB. He would nail yer ass to the wall if you stepped in the house, even invited with me standing there. And had bit a couple people. hahaha Had to cage that one when people were over. He was sweet as molasses to the family.
 
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