Don’t let thieves home in

Derbyshire Life - - Events -

writes Andy Rus­sell

I bet, like me, those of you with sat-nav de­vices have fol­lowed the in­struc­tions and set the home desti­na­tion for your ac­tual ad­dress, right down to the house num­ber. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Wher­ever you are in the coun­try it will tell you how far away home is and how long it will take to get there. But, by put­ting your ex­act home ad­dress into your sat-nav, you could end up telling thieves what, to them, is a valu­able piece of in­for­ma­tion.

Imag­ine a crim­i­nal stole your car, set your sat-nav for the home desti­na­tion and broke in, know­ing you are not there and stranded without a car. Leave your house keys in the car – I know peo­ple who do and might choose not to af­ter read­ing this – and they can let them­selves in!

If you’re read­ing this, and feel­ing naive, you know how I felt when I had a sat-nav fit­ted to my mo­tor­bike. The sales­man sug­gested not set­ting my ex­act home ad­dress in case the sat-nav or bike was ever stolen. It had never crossed my mind be­fore but then I’m not a mas­ter­mind, let alone a crim­i­nal one.

It’s bet­ter to use the ad­dress of a well-known build­ing or site in the area where you live – post of­fice, school or po­lice sta­tion... the lat­ter would cer­tainly lead thieves up the wrong path!

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