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Subject: NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID!!

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posted on Aug, 24 2013 @ 11:50 PM
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Call this a public service announcement!

1. Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener.
> This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.
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> 2. GPS.
> Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
> Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
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> 3. CELL PHONES
> I never thought of this.......
> This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
> Moral of the lesson:
> a. 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....
> b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
> c. Also, 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.
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> 4. Purse in the grocery cart scam...
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> A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf...wait till you read the WHOLE story! 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.




posted on Aug, 25 2013 @ 06:09 AM
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Great tips. I will let you kno.. hang on, I mean, that's very naughty isn't it.

I think it's pretty daft to consider thieves stupid. Ones that get caught, perhaps. Often they are. But if the crims were stupid and yet we have police en masse on the beat to prevent crime (rofl). then that implies we're - society - is even stupider than they are. Apathy on our part doesn't help anything.

They're sometimes pretty ingenious really. Hence the law is often one step behind a crook. Or, as we see more and more these days, it takes a crook to catch a crook.

.. and no I'm not referring to the sort of numpty who steals your iphone and then takes photos of himself swanning about on a cruise, which are then automatically uploaded to the cloud where you then post them on facebook going "LOok, Look this guy here!! My stuff!! FAIL!"


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posted on Aug, 25 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf...wait till you read the WHOLE story! 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.


All the stories are interesting IMO but the last story was pretty smart.

There was a Condo unit in Houston Texas and some dirt bags in one of the units had gone to the attic and knocked all the dividing fire walls out of some 8 units. When people left for work (whenever) the D.B..s would go to each unit and come in through the units attic stairs. They would not steal everything just rings watches and small stuff that the owners could have misplaced. This went on for a long time....And they were never really caught, or the stolen stuff returned...The group was finally busted for drugs and backing a U-haul truck up to a unit while the owner was on vacation and basically stealing everything.......One of the guys had a rap sheet that started at a young age and consisted of several pages.... for he was now 40 years old!!

Might be a good idea for those who live in a Condo or apartment to put a lock on you attic stairs and every now and then actually go to your attic and be sure there are no new holes where someone is trying to get into you home...



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