Tracking systems being stolen from vehicles

Here’s a local club you don’t want to join: Its members are victims of the latest Toronto trend of stealing GPS devices from vehicles.



Colin Bowern became a member Saturday when a thief smashed the passenger-side window of his Volkswagen Jetta in High Park and made off with a portable navigation system purchased two months ago.



He apparently made it easier on thieves by not recording a separate registration number for his GPS, leaving thieves the option of erasing the serial number written into the software.

Bowern also felt frustrated when police told him they didn’t have enough personnel Saturday night and to "call it in" Sunday morning. He argues "there should be more cops on the street."

From police headquarters yesterday, Const. Norman Smart confirmed the growing trend, noting "they’re being stolen more because they’re easy to sell."

remove GPS when leaving vehicle

  • Const. Norman Smart advises motorists to remove the GPS and its suction cup when they get out of their vehicles because thieves spot them and break in to search under seats and in the glove compartment.