Law enforcement agents and private investigators specializing in detective work are finding a new and efficient way of monitoring suspects thanks to sophisticated and reliable GPS tracking technology. Law enforcement personnel typically have a comprehensive background and specialized training in criminal investigations, conducting interviews, and gathering evidence. GPS tracking systems provide police enforcement and government agencies with the tools necessary to quickly gather driving-related data such addresses arrived, speeds driven, addresses departed, stops made, and more. Information that can be critical in any investigation.
1. United States Border Patrol 2. Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)
3.. Local, County And State Police Departments 4. Bureau Of Land Management (BLM)
5. Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives (ATF) 6. Dept. Of Homeland Security
7. United States Forest Service 8. United States Marine Corps
9. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) 10. United States Department Of Justice
Law enforcement and government agencies are able to conduct extensive investigations at a low cost with the help of GPS tracking technology. The vehicle tracking devices give law enforcement the ability to monitor potential criminals 24 hours a day without having to send an officer out into the field. This is essential because of the consistent cut-backs many agencies face every year, and especially now in a global economic crisis. GPS tracking systems allow law enforcement to work on a tight budget and still effectively and efficiently fight crime!
Police departments all across the United Stated are very familiar with the benefits of using GPS monitoring systems to conduct investigations upon criminal suspects, but only a handful of these departments also utilize GPS for fleet tracking of police cruisers. Whether it be political or simple budgetary reasons, many police departments do not have a GPS vehicle management plan that allows superior officers to oversee total police fleet activity. However, Nicoma Park in the state of Oklahoma wants to change that by equipping the same tracker devices used in Oklahoma City Police Department squad cars in the police cruisers in their small town.
Nicoma Park police began seriously discussing investment in GPS monitoring systems after an incident occurred where a Choctaw police cruiser was stolen and taken for a joyride by a man named Josh Colley. Although Colley was eventually apprehended, investigators stated their growing concern over criminals targeting police cruisers to steal weaponry and other police electronic equipment. In fact, one retired police officer was on record stating that he has actually seen a rise in police vehicle theft and worries that this type of automotive theft will only continue to grow unless police begin seriously looking at GPS tracking systems as a auto-security and vehicle management solution.
Advocates for tracker systems in police cruisers explain that the devices will not only improve officer safety, but also reduce routing inefficiencies and better detail vehicle maintenance documentation. In the long term, many believe that the increase in vehicle maintenance and officer productivity will actually save the department money. However, the upfront cost for the GPS monitoring hardware and monthly service obligations do present a number of challenges for small towns such as Nicoma Park.
According to one news source, Nicoma Park would have to fork out roughly $25,000 for GPS vehicle tracking hardware and professional installation, and this would only meet the needs of six police cruisers an doesn't include monthly data fees!
GPS distributor Tracking System Direct explained it could meet the needs of Nicoma Park at a fraction of the cost (under $2,500) provided by the original estimator, and believes that the city is likely inflating cost for pork spending.
On a cold December night in 2011, a man by the name of John Capano stopped at a local pharmacy to pick up some prescription medication for his father who was battling cancer. The Long Island man was a retired member of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency and had been no stranger to standing up against criminal activity. That is why it was no surprise that when he walked into the Long Island pharmacy to get his father's medication and noticed a man wielding a firearm attempting to rob that pharmacy for prescription drugs he stepped in to intervene. What happened next was a series of unfortunate events that left Capano dead as well as the gunman.
Only a couple months after the incident that took the life of Capano, a prescription pill addict by the name of David Laffer shot and killed four people during a botched pharmacy robbery in the same Long Island area. Two customers doing some shopping and two employees simply trying to earn money lost their lives over what essentially boils down to addiction. Laffer was later arrested and is now serving a life sentence behind bars.
A short time later in April a couple of armed men rushed into a pharmacy in the East Harlem area in search for the potent painkillers OxyContin and Percocet. After a brief standoff with police agents, one suspect gave himself up to authorities. His partner in crime on the other hand fired his weapon at police and tried to escape but was later shot and killed by a officer who was fueling his vehicle at a nearby gas station.
Sadly, pharmacy drug robberies have increased sharply over the past decade as more and more people are becoming dependent on powerful narcotics such as OxyContin. Now in an attempt to save innocent lives while still bringing the criminals involved in these drug robberies to justice, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has developed a new plan. What this plan consists of is the use of bait bottles equipped with real-time GPS tracking devices to catch pharmacy robbers after they have left the store they targeted. When questioned about this new program, Kelly explained that if a pharmacy robbery occurred police would be able to not only determine where the suspects are, but also where different stash locations and drug houses are throughout the city. Kelly also stated he has a vision where sometime in the near future that police will work together with GPS monitoring system manufacturers to create some form of nano-type technology device of a real-time tracker device the size of a prescription pill to be used as a bait pill!
GPS Tracker System Ends Lunchbag Bandit's Bank Robbery Career
Sharkey Elam, better known by police investigators as the "Lunchbag Bandit", was a serial bank robber with a long history of involvement in criminal activity. Serving considerable time in state prison on three separate occasions in 89', 93' and 97' for crimes related to bank robbery, Elam was known on a first name basis with numerous police officers in the Chicago area. However, multiple stints in prison and bank robbery convictions over three decades did little to curb the appetite Elam had for breaking the law. This was validated when a GPS tracking system placed in a stack of money during a bank robbery resulted in likely the final arrest of the Lunchbag Bandit.
Elam was fortunate to get second and third chances to change his life, after time in jail, but the 67-year-old man simply couldn't leave his past life in the past. What the Lunchbag Bandit was doing was robbing banks at a furious pace, knocking off at least six since the beginning portion of December according to authorities. With his success probably came a sense of invincibility, but the Lunchbag Bandit got more than he bargained for when he demanded cash from a teller at First American Bank located at 33. West Monroe.
When the Lunchbag Bandit walked up to a First American Bank teller he demanded cash in $100 denominations. The teller complied with the demands but was crafty enough to also include some bait money with a real-time tracker device. Although the Lunchbag Bandit may have gotten away with some of his past robberies the real-time tracking unit would make certain this time he would not evade police.
Roughly 20 minutes after the Lunchbag Bandit escaped from the First American Bank he had robbed, Chicago authorities were able to acquire the data from the real-time tracker device, determine his position and make an arrest. One of Chicago area's most persistent robbers was in custody. Currently, the Lunchbag Bandit is being held without bail while prosecutors gather evidence to show his involvement in not only the First American Bank robbery but other bank robberies throughout the area.
When officers were interviewed about catching the Lunchbag Bandit they were quick to state that the personal tracking device was critical in a getting fast and accurate arrest.
For years, police departments and government agencies have called upon a vast array of technological gadgets and gizmos to uncover criminal activity. These items have included hidden cameras, wire taps, GPS tracking systems and more. However, some forms of surveillance technology have been met with a high level of criticism, and some applications have been so controversial that they had to be evaluated by the high courts. This was the case of police using tracker devices without warrants to track down where potential criminal suspects would travel in their personal automobiles. Although the proper protocol for police use of GPS monitoring systems is now in place, the law enforcement use of cellular towers to determine locational data of potential suspects is still a very large concern for privacy advocates, police departments and attorneys everywhere.
The use of GPS vehicle tracker systems without warrant was common practice for years among police agencies, even though some felt it was an invasion of personal privacy. However, the Supreme Court would eventually rule that police departments must acquire a warrant before placing any GPS monitoring device on a automobile. Unfortunately for prosecutors in Washington D.C., this significant ruling led to key evidence against a nightclub owner named Antoine Jones involved in a large cocaine trafficking enterprise being thrown out. Although it would initially appear as though a criminal found a legal loop hole to get away with his criminal endeavors, it now appears police and prosecutors involved in this case will instead try and keep the conviction intact by using data obtained from cellular triangulation and cell phone records.
Cell phones are incredible pieces of technology that allow people to place and receive phone calls, check emails, connect with friends through social networking and more, but these devices are also data farms that even store information regards to locational data. Basically, this means cell phones are storing every place a person goes, how long they were at specific locations and more. This is done through the use of the GPS monitoring chip manufactured in every mobile phone and cell towers.
When a politician talks about GPS monitoring systems they are usually discussing how the satellite technology can improve city fleet operations. However, it is law enforcement applications of GPS to observe the activity of parolees that has Senator Ted Lieu concerned. What has the Senator from the state of California concerned is the oversight failure caused from the use of GPS bracelets.
GPS monitoring bracelets are frequently used by the judicial system to observe what criminals on parole are doing post-incarnation to ensure their transition back into society and a life free of crime. Many of these parolees are under a number of different restrictions, including curfews and travel boundaries. The tracking bracelets basically record every place the parolee goes and can even alert authorities if a parolee leaves the city or state. Not to mention, if the parolee is late for curfew. However, GPS monitoring technology is far from perfect because it is human imperfections that are causing the issue concerning Senator Lieu.
What has Senator Lieu upset is that roughly 800 parolees accounted for in the state database for those under GPS bracelet surveillance are essentially not ebing monitored. This means that either the GPS tracking systems are malfunctioning or, the more likely answer, have been taking off by the people wearing the GPS bracelets. "Tracking bracelets that use GPS are excellent tools for monitoring parolees, but the technology does absolutely no good if the people in charge of paying attention to the real-time GPS data aren't doing their jobs", a specialist for a California vehicle monitoring company.