Real estate practitioners who leave their global positioning systems (GPS) attached to car windows and dashboards while they aren't in their vehicles are enticing thieves, police departments say.
"The offenders want whatever is hot," says Orland Park, Ill., Police Sgt. John Keating. "It used to be CD players, speaker systems, radar detectors, satellite radios. Right now, it is GPS systems. They want anything they can sell for quick cash."
The models most sought after by thieves are the portable devices that typically sell for $200 to $600 but can go for as much as $1,000. GPS systems installed in the dash, which can sell for more than twice that amount, take more time and effort to steal.
Thieves not only take the devices, they also smash windows to get them. Police urge GPS owners to either take the devices with them or store them in the trunk.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Emma Graves Fitzsimmons (05/06/2008)
I'm sure this article applies to all GPS consumers. Please be aware of leaving such a valuable item in your car.