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Old 11-16-2015, 07:56 AM
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Some security and theft concerns I never really considered:

Thieves across the country are getting more and more creative in how they rob, steal and cheat. Below are a few examples of trends we have seen recently. Take note and beware.

The long-term parking scheme

Leaving your car in long-term parking can be an invitation for criminals to strike. Thieves have been known to break into a car while you are away. They used the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment to drive the car to the owner’s home and rob it.

Helpful tips: do not leave your registration and/or insurance cards in your car and lock away your remote garage door opener when leaving your car in long-term parking.

Thieves navigate a crime with victim’s GPS

Think twice before you leave your car attended at a sporting event. Thieves are searching out cars parked adjacent to the field or stadium. Thieves will take things such as garage door openers, money, and GPS systems. They will then use the GPS to navigate to the owner’s home, use the garage door opener to gain access and rob them! The thieves know the owners are at the football game, they know what time the game was scheduled to finish and how much time they have to clean out the house.

Helpful tip: if you have a GPS, don’t put your home address on it. Consider putting a nearby landmark, gas station or store instead so you can still find your way home without giving away your exact address.

Thief uses cell phone contacts to drain bank account

Please consider this story, a woman’s handbag was stolen. Her handbag contained her wallet, cell phone, credit cards and other valuables. What the thief was interested in this instance was her cell phone contact list. The thief used her contact list, sent a text to “Hubby.” Then her husband unknowingly texted their bank account PIN number to the thief. After realizing what had happened, they rushed to the bank, but the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone contact list to communicate with the unsuspecting husband and within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from the couple’s bank account.

Helpful tips: 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.; when sensitive info is being asked through texts, even if it is people you know, confirm by calling back; 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.

A new twist to a purse snatch

At a local mall, a woman went grocery-shopping and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached for something off of a shelf. You think you know how the story goes, but please read on! 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 burglarized. 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 burglarize it.

Helpful tips: Always keep one eye on your belongings; consider confirming a call before leaving the house to make sure the call wasn’t from anyone suspicious.

Watch out for Sliders while you are pumping gas

A recent news story on ABC showcases a growing trend of “sliders” at the gas pump. While women are pumping gas, a car pulls up and unknown to the driver, a thief opens the door and steals her purse. And like the other stories in this series can then use the contents of the purse to gain access into a home or access other personal information. Watch the full video to learn more about this disturbing trend.

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Funny how that technology that everyone wants now days can be used to bite you in your own butt, huh?

I get grief all the time from my wife about not constantly having my smart phone with me. I leave it at home. I don't have any technology at all in my truck, but do have a garage door opener. I'm sure there's plenty of service paperwork in the glove box with my address, too. Never really thought much about that angle for a thief. This is why you have a dog.
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I've read most of those before. Another mistake people make is linking their saving account to their checking so if they over draft the checking it hits the savings account too.
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are we becoming lazy or are they becoming smart? Also if you have someones license plate you can find their address for like $6. Steal garage door opener and they are in.
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I would spend the $6 to run the tags on the cars the "sliders" were in. No police or report needed.
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I would spend the $6 to run the tags on the cars the "sliders" were in. No police or report needed.
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Rarely used I would imagine.

Thieves navigate a crime with victim’s GPS...How do they know someone else isn't home?

Thief uses cell phone contacts to drain bank account...Do most couples even know the others pin?

A new twist to a purse snatch...How did they get her phone number?
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Women like to write things down and keep it in their purses. I about stroked out to find out my wife kept a small notebook with passwords and account #s in it. She is a smart woman but it seems to be ingrained into some women to keep their entire life in their purses. If you don't think so, be around when they swap out to another purse.
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The DMV won't give you the info.
The site listed MAY (In other words, I have no idea), BUT it plainly says you are guilty of perjury if you lie as to the reason.
Great idea if you want to go to prison instead of the thief. It has been my observation that courts come down hard on normal citizens (and who can pay) rather than lowlife career criminals with 50 arrests and currently on parole for 25. It would be a bit@# to watch the dirtbag get off with no punishment and you spend a zillion in lawyer fees and fines... if not actual jail time.
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The DMV won't give you the info.
The site listed MAY (In other words, I have no idea), BUT it plainly says you are guilty of perjury if you lie as to the reason.
Great idea if you want to go to prison instead of the thief. It has been my observation that courts come down hard on normal citizens (and who can pay) rather than lowlife career criminals with 50 arrests and currently on parole for 25. It would be a bit@# to watch the dirtbag get off with no punishment and you spend a zillion in lawyer fees and fines... if not actual jail time.
I assure you, punishment would be administered before any police got involved.
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Thief uses cell phone contacts to drain bank account

Please consider this story, a woman’s handbag was stolen. Her handbag contained her wallet, cell phone, credit cards and other valuables. What the thief was interested in this instance was her cell phone contact list. The thief used her contact list, sent a text to “Hubby.” Then her husband unknowingly texted their bank account PIN number to the thief. After realizing what had happened, they rushed to the bank, but the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone contact list to communicate with the unsuspecting husband and within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from the couple’s bank account.
Do you guys not have daily withdrawal limits on your accounts? I have mine limited to 2k I believe.
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Some of this is just fearmongering. Some guy is sitting around thinking of schemes that would never work in reality.

Like the cell phone bank pin thing. Great concept. However unless you have very little in your bank account they couldn't get "all" of it. most banks limit the daily cash withdrawal to only a few hundred. You have to ask to get it raised.

The other "lure them away" to burglarize the home isn't new. And the mall security thing? What if like so many the woman only has a cell phone? How are the genius thieves going to call her to pretend they are mall security? And after grabbing the purse they are going to sit around to make sure she reports it, then go to her house? Possible but the old method of just watching a house and breaking in sounds a lot easier and way less risk of being caught.

Stay safe. Just become paranoid.

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I meant "just don't become paranoid" but apparently the iPhone has learned my sarcasm and is now correcting that too. Even better.
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If my wife texted me and asked for the bank account pin number, my 1st thought would be to get her medical help, cause she has bound to have had a stroke. It's 4 digits, she can remember my ss #, all 3 kids SS#, birthdays of all relatives and most people she has worked with, wedding anniversaries of every married couple we know, tag numbers of cars we owned 10 years ago. So if she texts asking for a pin #, the 1st thing I'm doing is calling her.
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I'm more worried about those people that need a gps to find their way home. IMO if you leave your house and can't get back without assistance, you shouldn't be out unsupervised.
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