Crimes Against Vehicles
See the following e-mails for GPS incidents;
September 26, 2008
On September 26th, sometime between midnight and 4am --- a GPS unit was stolen from a truck parked in the driveway at the 2300 Block of Dobree.
From Brian Ehrler (Dobree resident): I wanted to give everyone an update on the GPS. I called the GPS manufacturer (Garmin) the same day my GPS was stolen and found out the following:
Garmin Inc. stolen GPS policy is to collect information on stolen GPS units by serial number and model number. They then are able to disable the units from accessing the Garmin update. The update is needed anytime, maps, waypoints, points of interest or other items are added to the GPS by an end user.
When an update attempt is made GPS displays an “unable to update, please call 1-800-XXX-XXXX.” When the person calls in with the GPS info, Garmin attempts to compel them to ship the unit back for “free” repairs. Once Garmin receives the unit back they ship it to the police department where the “stolen” report was filed, along with information regarding the possessor of the stolen unit.
The person I spoke with at Garmin told me they have a 40% recovery rate using this method for units reported stolen.
So if you have a GPS, take a moment to copy down the model and serial number. Register the unit, and it may return to you if it gets stolen.