Recent Thefts of GPS from Vehicles

Thefts of GPS devices from vehicles is an ongoing problem in many parts of the 3rd Precinct. For prevention tips, please see the attached police advisory from CPS Don Greeley. The text is printed below.

 

Note: Some people mount GPS devices to their windshields, which is allowed by State law if you mount the device near the bottommost portion of the windshield.” There are other ways to mount GPS devices; here is a link to a pictures of a friction mount and a bean bag mount. GPS Attachment Examples_1.11.13.pdf.

 

However you mount your GPS, please remove the GPS and the mount when you leave your vehicle. Also, if you use a suction cup, remove it and clean up any ring left behind. As Don notes, the easiest solution may be to avoid using a GPS device if your smart phone has a GPS app.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

 

John R. Baumann

Midtown Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407

612-825-6138

john.baumann@minneapolismn.gov

www.minneapolismn.gov/safe

 

 

 

Police Advisory

 

A message from the Minneapolis Police Department

 

Theft from Auto – GPSs – Jan 10, 2013

 

Between Dec. 1, 2012 and Jan. 9, 2013, there have been 33 reported cases of “theft from auto” (breaking into vehicles to steal items of value) in the four neighborhoods in the Phillips area.

 

Of the thefts, 60% of them were to steal GPS (Global Positioning System) devices. GPS theft is one of the fastest rising crimes in the United States.

 

Sharp-eyed thieves do not hesitate to break into a car or truck when they spot the faint mark of the suction cup used to position a GPS system on the dashboard or windshield. After they break in, they will look under seats and inside consoles to find the GPS. Often your repair bill is higher than the cost of the stolen GPS unit. Below are a few tips that can help you keep your GPS safe from theft:

1) Removing your GPS unit from the dashboard or windshield alone, without removing its cradle or mounting doesn't guarantee that a thief still won't break into your car. Today's GPS thieves often are willing to gamble that an empty GPS cradle suggests that its owner has hidden the GPS under the seat rather than taking it with them when they leave the vehicle.

2) Keep your windshields and dashes clean. Even taking the extra precaution of removing the GPS device's cradle might still not be enough to stop a break-in into your car. The suction cups used to secure the GPS unit's cradle to the car's dashboard or windshield can leave a ring of film on the glass. Keep moist towelettes in the car to wipe away any ring of film from the GPS cradle suction cup.

3) Hide or remove the power cord or any other accessories.

4.) If you are looking at buying a GPS device, first take a look at your smart phone. There are smartphone GPS applications that could be an alternative to a traditional device for your car. Most of us wouldn’t think of leaving our phone in the car unattended.

 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION OR BLOCK CLUBS

Contact CPS Don Greeley at 673-3482 or donald.greeley@minneapolismn.gov

 

John R. Baumann

Midtown Safety C
enter

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407

612-825-6138

john.baumann@minneapolismn.gov

www.minneapolismn.gov/safe