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Maplock drives off GPS thieves

Maplock is a security device that latches onto a GPS unit and cables it to the steering wheel.

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Who-Rae

GPS sales have risen more than 700 percent in recent years, according to Who-Rae, an Australian company that develops and manufactures a range of consumer products. With increased popularity and usage comes crime, however--GPS are now the most commonly stolen item from vehicles, the company says.

Who-Rae is reacting with Maplock, a security device that latches onto a GPS unit and cables it to the steering wheel.

The Melbourne-based company suggests that suction cup marks or empty mounts left on the windshield are signs that criminals look for, so even if a GPS is removed from the car, thieves will cause expensive damage looking for it.

No Fear and Performance Motorsports are just a couple brands by Who-Rae, whose products primarily include automotive and travel accessories. Although the company doesn't vend its products online, they are available at international retailers. Maplock retailers and pricing aren't out yet. Until then, a video demonstration is available on the Maplock site.