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Thieves hot for portable navigation systems

GpsGPS thefts are on the rise.

Plantation police issued a warning to drivers who use the global positioning systems to get around.

In the city, 52 of the devices have been snatched from cars - most of them parked outside of area hotels, detectives said.

The gizmos, which can be a lifesaver to the directionally challenged, range in price from $250 to several thousand dollars.

And because they're fairly small - about the size of a Blackberry cell phone - they're easy to steal.

Here is the advice offered by cops about how to avoid becoming the victim of GPS theft:

- Don't leave the devices in plain sight, on a dashboard or mounted to the windshield. Put them in a glove box or center console when not in use.

- Record the serial number on the GPS. If yours is stolen, that number could help detectives return it to you if it's found.

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