Joined: Jul 21, 2004 Posts: 2625 Location: Chelmsford, UK
Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:19 pm Post subject: Bikes Worth £175,000 Stolen As Thieves Use GPS
Staffordshire police force has initiated an operation to clamp down on robbery after bikes with a collective value of almost £175,000 have been stolen in just four months.
It's been reported that more than 370 high-value bicycles, worth an average of £468 each, have been stolen using GPS technology that is accurate enough to allow thieves to identify and then target precise houses.
Cyclists who use mobile phone apps and websites to track and share their rides are being warned to be especially vigilant against this form of attack.
Following an increase in the number of high-performance bicycles stolen from sheds and outbuildings, Staffordshire Police have called for cyclists to check their privacy settings on smartphone apps and websites.
"Our investigations have shown that some of the victims had been using websites and mobile phone apps to log their routes - these sites allow users to view each other's routes and track their rides," Sgt Dave Morris commented before explaining the data can be so accurate that it allows the individual's house to be pinpointed.
He added that some riders were sharing their routes on Twitter and Facebook, "advertising" the location of their bikes even more.
Joined: Aug 31, 2005 Posts: 12654 Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire
Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:19 pm Post subject:
Interesting. I've used sites like that a few times usually for tracking walks etc but never considered the security side of it. Perhaps because of the way I use them (logging flights that are miles away from home and not right to my door).
It makes a change that the thieving scum are getting a bit more tech-savvy...
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Joined: Mar 26, 2004 Posts: 543 Location: East Midlands
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:38 pm Post subject:
Some people seem to be incredibly careless when it comes to revealing their movements on the internet. I have a friend who is happy to broadcast on Facebook that she is cruising the Caribbean. She may as well hang a sign on her front door: 'On holiday, back in two weeks, help yourself!'
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