Don’t let thieves home in
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!