Thieves target GPS and big screen TVs

March 11, 2008 7:41:14 AM PDT
Fayetteville Police say theives are targeting GPS navigation systems and big screen TVs in recent break-ins.

Officers have taken reports for 39 stolen flat screen or plasma televisions taken during home break-ins and 44 portable GPS Navigation Systems stolen during motor vehicle break-ins.

Common mistakes made citizens include leaving the box for the flat screen and plasma televisions by the curb after purchasing the device. This is an advertisement to thieves that a new, expensive television is now in the home, police said.

Residents are asked to break down the box and place it in a dark trash bag before putting it by the curb for trash pick up.

Drivers should remove the GPS system from the dash and take it in their home with them at night and conceal it in the car when it is not occupied during the day.

Detectives also suggest owners should record the serial numbers of all electronic devices in your home and vehicles. Having the serial numbers allows detectives to track down stolen property and return it to the owner.


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