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Old 30 May 2006, 02:49 pm
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Default Portable GPS System - how to make sure it's not stolen?

I know very little about this, but would love to buy a portable
navigation system. My only concern is that it's very easy to put in
(suction to the windshield or dashboard), but just as easy to steal. I
would think that putting a 500-600 dollar devices in a car that's so
easy to remove is an invitation for the potential thief to break into
the car and take it.

Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way to install the
portable GPS unit securely in the car? I would hate to take it off any
time I leave my car parked for several hours in the city.

Thanks!

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Old 30 May 2006, 03:55 pm
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Default Re: Portable GPS System - how to make sure it's not stolen?

I have had a Garmin 2610 for 2 years now, simple solution unplug the unit
and put it out of sight takes about 5 seconds.
<success_ny@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I know very little about this, but would love to buy a portable
> navigation system. My only concern is that it's very easy to put in
> (suction to the windshield or dashboard), but just as easy to steal. I
> would think that putting a 500-600 dollar devices in a car that's so
> easy to remove is an invitation for the potential thief to break into
> the car and take it.
>
> Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way to install the
> portable GPS unit securely in the car? I would hate to take it off any
> time I leave my car parked for several hours in the city.
>
> Thanks!
>



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Old 30 May 2006, 06:16 pm
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Default Re: Portable GPS System - how to make sure it's not stolen?

success_ny@yahoo.com wrote in
news:1149018544.723860.74840@i40g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com:

> I know very little about this, but would love to buy a portable
> navigation system. My only concern is that it's very easy to put in
> (suction to the windshield or dashboard), but just as easy to steal.



> I
> would think that putting a 500-600 dollar devices in a car that's so
> easy to remove is an invitation for the potential thief to break into
> the car and take it.


Damn right!

>
> Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way to install the
> portable GPS unit securely in the car? I would hate to take it off any
> time I leave my car parked for several hours in the city.
>
> Thanks!
>


If they SEE IT,they will try to steal it.
"Securely mounted" or not.
They will RIP APART your car to take it.

Maybe you could disguise it,have a fake kleenex holder that drops over
it,so it does not look like anything that is worth stealing.

Or mount it IN the dash,and have a panel that closes over it when not in
use(or so it IS the flip-up panel).Some people remove the passenger airbag
and install their DVD screen there,it flips up when in use.
You -could- do the same for your nav screen.(I don't recommend it.)

The trick is that they not see it.


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Old 30 May 2006, 06:25 pm
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<success_ny@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1149018544.723860.74840@i40g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>I know very little about this, but would love to buy a portable
> navigation system. My only concern is that it's very easy to put in
> (suction to the windshield or dashboard), but just as easy to steal. I
> would think that putting a 500-600 dollar devices in a car that's so
> easy to remove is an invitation for the potential thief to break into
> the car and take it.
>
> Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way to install the
> portable GPS unit securely in the car? I would hate to take it off any
> time I leave my car parked for several hours in the city.


The word 'portable' should be a good indication of how to protect your
investment.


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Old 31 May 2006, 05:21 pm
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<success_ny@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1149018544.723860.74840@i40g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>I know very little about this, but would love to buy a portable
> navigation system. My only concern is that it's very easy to put in
> (suction to the windshield or dashboard), but just as easy to steal. I
> would think that putting a 500-600 dollar devices in a car that's so
> easy to remove is an invitation for the potential thief to break into
> the car and take it.
>
> Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way to install the
> portable GPS unit securely in the car? I would hate to take it off any
> time I leave my car parked for several hours in the city.
>
> Thanks!


Usually the windshield mount is separate from the unit itself. My Garmin
C320 is that way and I just pop it out and stick it in the center console.
I guess a thief may still break into your car upon seeing the empty mount
but I sorta think they would likely move on.



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