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Public safety is always at the forefront of the conversation among political leaders and police agencies. This is because everyone wants to live in a environment that is secure and free from the criminal element. Unfortunately, many police departments are forced to work under tight budgets resulting in less man power and resources. Thankfully, modern technology has been filling that gap by providing law enforcement agencies the tools necessary to perform at a high level. One of these tools are GPS tracking systems and the state of Indiana is now considering using real-time GPS tracking devices to track those charged with felony stalking.
Dawn Hillyer is a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana that understands in detail the terror felt from stalking. This is because for six years Hillyer was sent harassing emails, along with threatening text and voice messages to her cell phone by a man named Mike McClellan. Hillyer was tormented by her stalker which led to her fearing for her life on a daily basis. McClellan was eventually arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but Hillyer believes the state should do more to ensure safety of the victims and that is why she is a strong proponent of using GPS tracking systems to track all felony stalkers that are released from jail.
How this GPS tracking plan would work is a rather simple process. Once the convicted stalker is released from incarceration they would be required to wear a GPS tracker that would be strapped to the ankle or wrist. The GPS tracking system would send out a signal providing locational data in real-time. The victim would be given a receiver that could detect the signal being transmitted from the GPS tracking device equipped on the stalker. Therefore, if that stalker gets anywhere near their past victim(s) they will be instantly alerted. Although the state of Indiana does not have legislation that offers this type of GPS tracking program at this point in time such a measure is gaining momentum. Especially, with other states already moving forward with plans to monitor stalkers and sexual offenders using GPS devices.
A chief deputy working for Allen County agrees that using real-time GPS tracking systems would provide additional safety for victims of stalking but also stated that using such tracking systems would create additional budgetary issues in a time when most states are seeing cutbacks across the board. His primary concern is that real-time GPS tracking systems require two costs: the hardware and data service. That means once the GPS trackers are purchased each tracking device would require a monthly service fee for as long as the tracker was in use. This monthly cost could be as high as $49.95 per unit, and therefore could be challenging to get taxpayers to cover that bill. The reality safety has a cost and sometimes there simply isn't enough money in the bank to cover the costs for programs that use GPS tracking systems.
Do you think the state should invest in GPS tracker systems to better protect victims of stalking? Should the convicted stalkers be forced to pay for the costs associated with data and GPS tracking hardware?Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:29
Politics and corruption have gone together hand in hand ever since the first moment people gave power to an individual. Unfortunately for former San Diego mayor Bob Filner, political power doesn't mean you are above the law. Filner learned this the hard way when earlier this week he received a three month sentence of house arrest for his involvement in multiple cases of sexual harassment that were the catalyst behind his recent resignation. That means instead of a suit Filner will be wearing a GPS tracking system that will record his location using real-time tracking. After the house arrest sentence is complete Filner will be placed on probation for 3 years and will never again be able to run for any form of public office.
Although the house arrest, GPS tracking and probation seem like a stiff penalty, many in the public were upset with the punishment perceived by many to be light. This is because even after a guilty plea to false imprisonment and a couple counts of battery the former mayor still did not have to spend any time behind bars for his actions. Maybe it was his political endeavors, connections or strategically crafted public apology that resulted in such leniency, but regardless many are upset with the outcome.
"I think it's ridiculous that even after admission of guilt for his behavior that this clown won't have to spend any time in prison", stated a San Diego resident responding to the news.
Filner will begin his house arrest starting the first day of 2014 and a GPS tracker will be used to monitor his location at all times from the date for three months. Along with an extended probation period the former San Diego mayor will also be required to seek professional psychological help.
Filner was also penalized with a fine of $1,500 for pleasing guilty.
Among some of those disappointed with the soft sentence was famous attorney Gloria Allred who continues representing one woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner. Her criticism of the sentence was that any criminal who admits to committing a felony and multiple misdemeanors should face something more than essentially a three month vacation at home.
Do you agree with the sentence that Filner received or feel that his punishment was much too light for the crimes he admitted to committing?Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 19:53
When it comes to the use of personal GPS monitoring trackers, law enforcing entities are quite familiar with the advantageous data provided from real-time GPS solutions. This is why Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie is seeking to identify and close loop holes in the current GPS tracking system laws in Australia, while also seeking to modify current legislation to better monitor dangerous sexual offenders.
What this new proposition backed by Bleijie would do is capture more criminals violating the Dangerous Prisoners Act, resulting in longer prison sentences and mandatory GPS tracking of those released from incarceration. Some of these criminal acts described as minor and not falling under the Dangerous Prisoners Act include such things as groping and lifting the skirts of women strangers. According to data and case studies from psychologists, these types of behaviors should not be viewed as minor offenses but rather behaviors that can easily manifest into more serious and aggressive sexual attacks or offenses. With changes to the existing law Bleijie would be able to list those committing publicly perceived minor offenses as standard sexual offenses and force predators to undergo registration and possible GPS tracking.
The key component to the law that would be modified would provide Bleijie and law enforcement the ability to move forward with additional oversight if they suspect any prisoner or offender may become involved in any future inappropriate sexual offenses. Most likely that action would involve the use of a GPS tracking device to track where that individual is located at all times while providing real-time GPS locational information.
"The reality is that law enforcement and government agencies need laws that will allow them to be proactive in keeping dangerous sexual offenders behind bars, and any changes that can be made to existing laws to achieve that end result would be a step in the right direction", explained a expert on GPS surveillance at Tracking System Direct.
The Queensland sex offender and GPS tracking laws are currently in the process of being evaluated by Bleijie who has stated he intends on doing whatever is necessary to make his region of Australia safer for children.Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 18:49
State and government agencies routinely employ technologically advanced equipment to monitor assets, property and other valuable materials. Unfortunately for a teenager in Plover, Wisconsin, he had to learn this the hard way.
David Kasongo was a 19-year-old Madison resident who was working as an intern with Portage County Highway Department at one of their facilities located in Plover. The man would travel to the Highway Department complex approximately four times a week to perform a number of different odd jobs. However, Kasongo was also performing an illegal job as well: stealing fuel from his government employee. Roughly 120 gallons of gasoline to be exact!
The story begins when local residents reported unusual activity near the Plover facility, resulting in a Highway Department investigation. Using security products such as hidden surveillance cameras on facility grounds to monitor movements and a GPS tracking system to track the department work vehicle operated by Kasongo, the Highway Department was able to conclude the teen was filling gas cans then hiding them in the nearby woods.
With evidence provided from the hidden camera and GPS vehicle tracking system data, authorities charged Kasongo with multiple crimes including misconduct as a public employee and theft. Reports estimate that the total value of fuel stolen was roughly $420.
Many businesses and state departments use GPS tracking system technology as a measure to enhance security while improving workplace efficiency. However, some workers have stated publicly that they feel the process of GPS tracking infringes on privacy rights and simply makes them feel uncomfortable. Although each business and each government or state agency must determine if GPS tracking is a solution that is best for them one thing is certain and that is that a GPS vehicle tracking system was critical in helping the Portage County Highway Department catch a individual committing crimes.Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 19:30
Traveling salespeople, delivery persons, police agents and others part of small to large fleet operations are usually comfortable and aware that vehicle tracking devices are more than likely connected to their company vehicles to monitor driving activity such as mielage driven, speeds traveled and more. This is because the use of GPS tracking system technology is now woven into the fabric of American business culture, helping companies protect automotive assets while at the same time enhancing the productivity of a workforce. Unfortunately, that same GPS vehicle management technology that is so helpful in the business and consumer world can also be used maliciously when in the hands of the wrong individual. That is what police in Franklin, Tennessee believe happened when people working on behalf of country music super star Wynonna Judd found a GPS tracking device on the under carriage of one of her personal vehicles.
When a vehicle owned and operated by Wynonna Judd was taken to a local muffler shop the mechanics working on the car discovered a small piece of technology that was eventually determined to be a GPS tracking system. It appears that the teenager who brought the vehicle in for inspection had some suspicion that a GPS tracker system was indeed equipped to the vehicle because the person specifically asked the mechanics to look for such a GPS device on the automobile. Once the workers located the GPS tracker and local police authorities removed the tracking device an investigation commenced. Now, police are discreetly moving forward in gathering information about who might have placed the tracking system on Judd's vehicle and if any laws were broken in the process.
GPS tracking systems such as the GPS Tracking Key are commonly used by consumers and businesses with much success in applications related to teen driving safety and vehicle management. However, one criticism of the popular GPS tracker that can easily be purchased online is that the surface magnetic mount on the GPS device makes it easier for stalkers to monitor and follow their victims. Although the brand of GPS tracker found on the vehicle owned by Wynonna Judd has not been publicized, many technology insiders believe that the Tracking Key was likely the device used.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:29