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Take steps to prevent GPS theft, Washington County investigator says

November 05, 2008

In light of a recent spike in thefts of GPS units, the Washington County Sheriff's Department is recommending several steps to keep the devices secure, investigator Greg Alton said.

First, GPS owners should write down the serial numbers of their devices, Alton said. That makes it easier to trace the GPS unit if it is stolen and helps police track down the owners of recovered units.

In addition, Alton recommends locking the GPS unit in the glove compartment or trunk, especially while the car is in a public place.

Over the past few months, the department has seen an increase in thefts of GPS units from parking lots of shopping centers and restaurants, Alton said. Thieves are not just targeting unlocked vehicles, he said.

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"If they see a GPS, they're actually breaking out the windows," he said.

The department has recovered some GPS units, but has not yet confirmed that any of them were stolen, Alton said. In particular, the department is seeking the owner of a GPS with a label on it that reads "property of DTS industries," Alton said.

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