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When it comes to selling properties, realtors realize the importance of exposure. This is why realtors will take advantage of any possible opportunity to catch the eye of a potential buyer and also the reason why it is now commonplace for realtors to use signs for self exposure and exposure of properties. Unfortunately, these signs used for marketing can also be targets for thieves, as one realtor located in Brighton, Colorado found out the hard way. However, after the sign theft became more prevalent the fast-thinking realtor decided to use GPS tracking to bust the person stealing the signs.
Greg Portlock wasn't a typical real estate agent putting up "Home For Sale" signs in his local Brighton area. In fact, he was a simply a man who was fed up his signs would be stolen every time he would put them out. This got Portlock wondering if it were bored teenagers, his competition or who knows what stealing his signs. Regardless, he had enough of the theft and was going to find out so the first thing he did was try and use a spy camera to video tape the thief in action.
The video from the hidden camera was successful in showing a vehicle pass by one of the realtor's signs with the sign disappearing shortly afterward, but the video feed wasn't providing any concrete evidence on who the thief was or how they could be tracked down. This is when Portlock decided to call upon a GPS tracking system, hiding the GPS tracker in one of his signs. What was great about this tracking system was that it offered real-time locational information that could be accessed from a mobile phone and would actually send out an alert if the sign was moved. It didn't take long for the tracking system to send out that alert notifying Portlock via text message that the sign was moved.
After receiving the GPS tracking alert via text message, Portlock accessed the online mapping program on his cellular phone and was able to view the location the GPS tracking system traced of the stolen sign. What happened next was something Portlock could have never imagined. This is because the culprit who was stealing the signs was in fact a competing realtor in the area.
GPS tracking system data showed the signs located in the garage of another realtor and it didn't take long for police to identify that the signs were indeed stolen property and that the accuracy of the GPS tracker was spot on. Portlock estimates well over one hundred of his signs were stolen over the course of a few months and believes the competing realtor was the one responsible for all the sign thefts.
The case is still pending and there has been no word on what charges or if any charges have been filed against the sign thief. The name of the sign thief has also not been released at this time.
What type of penalty should the person who stole the signs receive for his behavior?
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 19:07
Businesses are always searching for the newest technological tools to help maximize profits. From the first time clock used to document work hours to GPS vehicle tracking systems used to document mileage travelled, businesses have always been early adopters of any solution that can help promote safety, productivity, efficiency and most importantly profits. This is probably also the reason why trade shows such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas continue to grow among businesses actively looking for the next game-changing piece of technology. One device in particular that has began creating a buzz among businesses with small vehicle fleets is a car camera that also features GPS data logger technology, and some security insiders believe it will eventually be in almost every work truck, car and automobile.
The car camera with GPS tracking capabilities is called Drive Proof, and the phrase "automotive black box" would probably be simplest way to explain what the device is. Mounted upon the front windshield of a automobile, Drive Proof will then record both what a driver is doing inside the cab of a vehicle as well as what is occurring outside of the vehicle. This video data is accompanied by sophisticated GPS tracking data that will store locational information about how fast a vehicle travels and places that vehicle parked at. Both the video and GPS tracking device data from the car camera are stored upon a SD card that managers can remove at anytime to investigate any potential issues surrounding driving activity. This can be extremely helpful in diagnosing safe driving behaviors, if a employee is misusing company work vehicles or validating claims in a automobile accident.
In countries such as Russia, insurance companies have began getting tighter and requiring those involved in automobile accidents to provide evidence validating their side of the story. They don't simply believe what a person says but only what a person or business can actually prove. This is why Russia has more car cameras than any other country in the world. American businesses are starting to also see the benefits of evidence especially when it comes to work automobiles, and this is why the demand for car camera black box type devices is continuing to grow domestically as well.
Car camera systems are rapidly growing in demand among companies wanting to raise fleet tracking and automotive security, making the Drive Proof device even more advantageous. With multiple features designed specifically for vehicle security as well as GPS tracking it is easy to see why Drive Proof will be the automotive monitoring solution for many businesses in the upcoming years.Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 23:49
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) enterprises provide a service that is essential to keeping homes cool in the hot summer months and warm in the frigid winter months. What HVAC companies will do is send out a technician to a home or business to diagnose any of the issues a client may be experiencing related to heating, ventilation or air conditioning and then take the necessary steps to resolving the issues. With HVAC technicians operating in the field all throughout the day, fleet management becomes a serious concern for any HVAC company looking to stay profitable. This is the reason that HVAC companies all across the United States are now investing in GPS tracking system technology to meet their vehicle management needs.
Small businesses operate on much tighter margins across every portion of their enterprises and therefore have to minimize inefficiencies to stay successful. For HVAC companies that means reducing fuel consumption, pushing the limits of employee productivity, elevating automotive security and organizing driving records of employees operating company vans or work trucks. GPS tracking systems are one of the technological tools that take on those business related vehicle management needs and provides the solutions necessary for success. This is because when real-time GPS trackers are installed on HVAC work trucks and vans the following features and benefits are offered:
"When we made the move to equip GPS vehicle tracking systems to our work vans the investment began immediately paying dividends, and now I cannot see how we were ever successful prior to the real-time GPS technology", stated a HVAC business owner in Nashville.
All small businesses face many challenges in their quest to generate success, but those hurdles can be even bigger for companies that have vehicle fleets such as HVAC enterprises. GPS vehicle tracking devices can at least make the road to success a little less bumpy for HVAC companies by offering real-time tracking data capable of providing a number of unique vehicle management solutions for company work trucks and vans. Of course, it takes a lot more than the use of GPS tracker systems for any company to be successful, but with GPS monitoring devices offering fleet tracking at least it's one less thing for HVAC business owners to worry about.Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 23:38
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