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Nav system 'scam'

Rick DeMeis
4/13/2012 01:05 AM EDT

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JensenRV   6/12/2012 8:01:02 AM
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Our over reliance on smart electronics like the navigation system can be detrimental to ourselves when we face thieves who know how to exploit them. In this case, the lady was lucky the police got to them. What if someone was alone at home when the crooks ransacked the house? I shudder at the thought. William - http://www.jensenrvdirect.com

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DadOf3TeenieBoppers   5/3/2012 12:40:16 PM
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I'd program 'home' into my GPS to be the local police station. Let them steal my car now!!!

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LHI   5/2/2012 10:34:26 PM
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For a home address just input that of the State Highway Patrol post nearest your home.

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DadOf3TeenieBoppers   4/23/2012 12:58:42 PM
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To prevent a home theft by someone with access to the garage door opener the system must not inconvenience the occupants and must be easy enough for the computer-clueless among us to use with ease. Voice pattern recognition would work nicely and is not expensive once it is set up. Retinal eye scanners would work as well, especially if someone had suffered a stroke and could not speak easily, although they are more expensive. And a backup system would be the plain ol', reliable house key, preferrably one not subject to lock tapping.

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DadOf3TeenieBoppers   4/23/2012 12:51:15 PM
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My wife would disown my in 3.1415929 milli seconds if I ever pulled a stunt like that. If we want a real world solution it must be easy to use for non-technies and not incovenience them.

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sudo   4/23/2012 1:00:55 AM
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As for home security: you could get a dog! Men's best friend. The burglary rate of houses with dogs are statistically lower. Even Chihuahuas can bark but a couple of Dobermans (should that be Dobermen??!)are probably more effective, as a deterrent! :-)

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WKetel   4/22/2012 2:24:13 AM
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Probably the car was stolen because the owner left her keys with the parking valet, a nice feature at expensive places. The computer will immobilize the vehicle if it does not get the right code, and the rest costs over $100 at the dealer, not including the tow to get it there. To avoid the garage opener providing access to the house, have a detached garage. Much more secure, and lots safer from car fires. But the simplest fix is to park the car yourself and keep the keys on your person. As for the registration and proof of insurance, Michigan is such a jerk about it that it does need to stay in the car at all times.

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JOATMON   4/20/2012 9:43:39 PM
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The address on my vehicle registration is a PO Box. So is the address on my Drivers License. And just about anything else mailed to me.

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Sparky_Watt   4/20/2012 8:59:55 PM
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It seems to me that the solution is to use a challenge/response device such as a ring for the car key. Since the ring can't be forged and the lock is at the software level of the engine computer, the theives wouldn't be able to start the car in the first place. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about. This is a method of locking a car that even hot-wiring won't defeat. The engine will simply refuse to run.

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HeadhunterBKS   4/20/2012 8:51:12 PM
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Too many!

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