Don't Let Your Sat Nav Unit Become A Late Christmas 'Gift' For Car Thieves

“Christmas is now just a memory says Intranetics Commercial Manager (, Mark Hotchkiss, “but that new sat nav system that now graces many cars dashboards could still become a ‘gift’ for car thieves who are targeting the units in ever increasing numbers.”

With police in London alone reporting around 500 sat nav thefts a month and warning drivers that the figure would increase as Christmas gift units were installed in cars, Intranetics urges new owners to exercise extreme caution.

“Drivers may take the unit off the window”, Mark states, “but then leave the suction pads in place alerting thieves that there is a unit on board. We urge drivers to remove all evidence of the unit’s presence and as an added counter-theft move leave glove compartments open.”

Intranetics also stress that drivers should remove all traces of the unit’s presence every time they leave the car, even if it is just for that two-minute dash to shops, as sadly that is often all the time the thief needs.

Scotland Yard is bracing for a post-Christmas glut of sat nav thefts, which the police state now account for 8 per cent of all vehicle crime and are often sold on to fund the purchase and distribution of class A drugs.

“Intranetics is the largest specialist retailer of sat nav and speed safety devices in the UK, Mark concludes,” and we know how much people spend of their hard earned money on gifts for the drivers in the family. With a little thought the owners of those gifts can ensure they stay with them and not end up as an unintended gift for the growing band of sat nav thieves.”

29 January 2006 Staff

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