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Personal privacy is important to everyone, especially when a individual is at home or in the workplace. Unfortunately for employees at a business in San Antonio, not only was their privacy being invaded by a fellow co-worker but he was also recording them in a very unflattering situation.
When a employee for an unnamed San Antonio business discovered a video recording device in the employee restroom the first emotion felt was shock. Placed on the back of a shelf sitting near the front of a toilet, a spy camera was recording people as they used the restroom. Personal privacy advocate or not, everyone can agree that being recorded while dropping a deuce is pretty nasty stuff. Thankfully, the hidden camera was not transmitting the video data in real-time to a remote site but rather recording data to a memory card. The reason this was good was because the surveillance camera also recorded some critical evidence that would lead to the arrest of the voyeur. What the spy camera recorded was the guilty person installing the monitoring system in the restroom.
A San Antonio police officer explained that when they were called to investigate the complaint about an illegal spy camera in a company bathroom that the first thing they did was seize the monitoring device. Police then reviewed the data recorded on the memory card of the spy camera and were stunned to see that the suspect actually recorded himself setting up the surveillance device accidentally! San Antonio Police were able to determine that the person who installed the spy camera in the company restroom was a man by the name of Ray De la Cruz. An arrest warrant was issued and Cruz was brought into custody by San Antonio law enforcement authorities.
After dialogue with the Texas authorities, Cruz took responsibility for setting up the hidden camera in the company restroom. Currently, Cruz is free on a $10,000 bond, but if he is convicted for the crime, which is likely since he already admitted guilt, he could spend upwards of two years in prison.Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:06
When it comes to driving the numbers don't lie and what those numbers say is that teenage motorists are much more likely to be involved in some form of vehicle accident than any other age group of drivers. Although legislation in many states has been modified to reduce the statistics surrounding teen driving, inexperience behind the wheel and a propensity to engage in risk taking behaviors has continued to impact teen driving safety. With that said, many safe driving advocates still believe that more can be done on the political front to improve teen driving. That is why safe driving advocacy groups have been trying to fix a loophole in California's distracted driving laws that were revised last year.
What this loophole in the California distracted driving law allows are teen drivers under the age of 18 to use voice-activated mobile devices to send texts and other messages. Although the distracted driving laws made it a penalty for newly licensed teen drivers to send text messages or talk on their cell phones while driving, it forgot to address the issue of voice activated technologies. That means popular voice activated services such as the iPhone's Siri could be used by teens who were driving. The latest revisions of the California law seek to end that loophole, making it illegal for teen drivers to use any type of voice responsive applications to make phone calls or send text messages.
Clearly, no amount of legislation can eliminate distraction because people will always fiddle with the radio, apply makeup while driving or take a excited pet for a car ride, but the reality is mobile phones are the biggest problem when it comes to distracted driving. This is because smart phones give people a portal to access emails, Facebook, Internet search and more.
Even with new laws aimed at removing mobile devices and distractions from the hands of teen drivers, parents should still be concerned about the safety of their teen drivers. This is because stats clearly identify that motor vehicle accidents are most common among teen drivers. This is why parents are now using GPS tracking system technology to record complete driving activity of their teens. GPS trackers for teen driving will determine the rate of speed a teen is driving, all of the places that teen goes and more. This detailed driving activity provides parents the data necessary to evaluate just how safe their teen is driving.
With the change in California distracted driving laws no longer allowing teens to use voice activated technologies and parents calling upon the latest GPS vehicle tracking systems to observe teen driving, hopefully society can reduce the statistics that keep every parent up at night.Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:44
Businesses are constantly seeking the latest technological advances in order to increase profit and efficiency, but one thing many companies occasionally overlook is how tax codes can provide some financial relief. One tax code that many businesses should consider taking advantage of before 2013 rings to a end is Section 179. This is because the tax incentive program can actually benefit companies investing in new devices such as GPS tracking system units, making now the perfect time for any company to invest in vehicle management technology to better observe automotive fleet activity.
With Section 179 businesses can deduct up to a half a million dollars ($500,000) on purchases related to investment of equipment if that business has less that $2 million in overall capital expenditures. This makes it essentially advantageous to invest in more modern and technologically advanced equipment that can improve business efficiency this year rather then 2014. Purchases that would fall under this Section 179 tax exemption include items such company cars, office computers, and other machinery used for business purposes. Included in this list are GPS vehicle tracking devices that can provide mileage documentation, real-time tracking data and overall improvement in fleet oversight. Not to mention, auto theft security for company vehicles.
"GPS tracking systems can offer any company a method of reducing fuel consumption, enhancing worker productivity and lowering insurance costs, but Section 179 will also encourage businesses to invest in fleet management technology now because of the tax incentives", explained a GPS tracking expert for Tracking System Direct. "What is also great about Section 179 is that it works retroactively to 2012 which will allow businesses already taking advantage of GPS tracking hardware to deduct some of those costs associated with hardware and service fees. Any business not talking to their CPA or tax guy about the benefits of Section 179 is really not doing their company any favors."
There is only one week left to write-off costs associated with GPS vehicle tracking devices so talk with your accounting representatives soon about how your business can utilize this tax break in order to take your company to the next level of success.Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 01:54
If there is one thing that people like to discuss it's the price of gasoline. This is because everyone drives and everyone knows what it's like to sit in front of a pump and watch the dollars go up and up and up as they fill their motor vehicle with fuel. Of course, most people don't think much about how the price of gas gets to the number that it gets at. They probably assume it's all based on supply and demand, along with other factors related to the global economy. Naturally, with the United States being a net importer of fuel, gas prices here are certainly related to stability of world markets and efficiency in oil producing countries. However, gas is also taxed by the state in a number of different ways to provide funding for new roads and the maintenance of others. This raises the cost of fuel and the cost can be significant depending on the state the consumer is located in.
VMT taxes are a way that some states are looking to even the playing field when it comes to gasoline taxes because this new form of tax would charge people by the actual total of miles driven. It would also replace the current model of tax in place. How VMT taxes would be assessed would be through the use of locational based technologies that use GPS tracking devices to calculate mileage driven. The GPS tracking system would be equipped on the vehicle of the driver and the GPS device would determine every location that driver has been. Daily driving reports that break down mileage would be used to show exactly how much wear and tear that motorist contributed to public roads. This would make it easier to determine the amount that driver should pay for road maintenance. The goal of the VMT tax would be to make those who drive more pay more for road maintenance.
Most stories in the news associated with GPS vehicle tracking tend to be those that focus on privacy rights being infringed upon. Naturally, privacy has became a topic making more and more headlines with stories about the NSA surveillance, domestic drones and more. This is the one problem that VMT taxes will certainly encounter if they are to be applied across the board to every state because the taxes would need to be assessed by mileage driven, which will need to be accounted for using GPS tracking systems. The challenge would be having the majority of people agreeing that having the government monitoring their every move with GPS tracking would be a positive thing.
GPS tracking technology is constantly evolving and making life better for businesses concerned with fleet management and consumers in need of automotive security solutions. The technology is accurate, affordable and reliable, making it the perfect mechanism to be used for taxation. The only problem is that mechanism also provides a wealth of personal data related to driving activity and that will be the hurdle VMT taxes will need to jump.
Would you allow the government to place a GPS tracker on your vehicle if it resulted in lower gas prices?Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 01:54
No AMC television show has been more successful capturing both viewers and critic's hearts than Breaking Bad. The show revolves around a character named Walter White who after receiving a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer decides to look for alternative methods to make sure his family is financially supported after his death. Being a chemistry teacher, Walter decides to cook methamphetamine, but his knowledge of chemicals results in boom in demand for his "Blue Sky" speed. Walter finds himself entangled in a drug world he knew nothing about and is forced to engage in all sorts of different levels of violence and surveillance. However, what caught the eye of many viewers was the use of a particular security product Walter used to monitor vehicle driving activity of a target. Now people everywhere are asking how to find the GPS vehicle tracking device featured on Breaking Bad.
The small GPS tracking system with exterior magnetic mount featured on Breaking Bad does exist and it goes by the name GPS Tracking Key. However, the television show hardly scratched the surface on what the GPS data logger can actually do. For example, the GPS tracker on Breaking Bad can provide detailed driving activity reports that include every location a driver has been, total mileage driven and more. The data from the tracking device can also be viewed using Google Earth to provide a more unique view of historical driving activity through the use of the satellite image program.
"The tracking device on Breaking Bad has been one of our top selling vehicle monitoring units because the device is easy to operate, tracks data every second and requires no monthly service fees", explained a sales rep for global GPS tracking company Tracking System Direct. "Often times people will contact us to talk about the Breaking Bad tracker and then inquire about the other personal or vehicle tracking systems we offer. They are then excited to hear about the next generation of passive trackers we offer along with the real-time tracking devices such as the SilverCloud."
The GPS car tracker seen on Breaking Bad has a retail price of $139.00 and can be purchased 7 days a week at the Tracking System Direct online store.Last Updated on Sunday, 22 December 2013 21:15