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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
Ricky Davis was a burglar in the north Chattanooga area, but when local law enforcement agents used a GPS tracking system to monitor his personal vehicle and document his travels in order to build a case against him they made one critical error: getting a warrant. Yes the vehicle tracking system proved with concrete certainty Davis was near the scene of a string of burglaries that occurred, but none of that GPS tracking evidence would be admitted as evidence because probable cause was never first established to justify tracking Davis. The career criminal found a loop hole, beat the system and was free to go. Unfortunately, stupid is as stupid does.
Davis has been arrested again for his involvement in a new string of burglaries, and although he was able to negate the GPS tracking system evidence before, now a number of eye witnesses would be the key evidence in obtaining a conviction.
In 2010, law enforcement officers witnessed Davis engaging in suspicious behavior, walking up to homes and checking doors to see if they were locked. This led the police investigators to believe that Davis was likely the individual involved in a number of local home robberies. A case was built against Davis, search warrant was acquired and police discovered a number of stolen items in the home of the burglary suspect. He was arrested for aggravated burglary.
However, this was not the first time Davis had a run in with the law. Before this particular arrest, Davis received a five-year prison sentence for a string of robberies he committed in the North Chattanooga area. He ended up only serving four years in jail and was able to beat some of the other charges he was accused of that included additional robbery charges and rape.
Davis broke into the home of Curtis Sheppard, stealing his car keys and wallet. Davis, and another black male, were then seen getting into and driving off in the Lexus owned by Sheppard, which was parked outside his residence. During those same early morning hours two other home burglaries were reported to police. Interestingly enough, when police found the stolen Lexus a few days later the vehicle housed a number of contents stolen from the homes of the other reported burglaries.
A woman is frightened when she hears a loud sound coming from her kitchen. When she investigates the sound she discovers someone kicked in her kitchen door and stole an iPad along with other personal items of value. The woman used a GPS tracking app to locate the stolen iPad in real-time, which led police to a parked car. That car was also reported stolen and the owner of the vehicle was a victim of burglary. The stolen vehicle also housed a number of other items that were reported missing from other local burglaries.
Davis' finger prints were all over the stolen items found in the stolen vehicle.
Police were disappointed that Davis was able to beat previous burglary charges due to a technicality from the use of a GPS tracking system, but were very optimistic that with so much evidence and testimony from eye witnesses that Davis will be back behind bars where he belongs soon enough.Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 21:28
High speed pursuits often make for riveting live television but the reality is that when police chase bad guys trying to make a getaway the end result can sometimes be more horrific than the original crime committed. Sadly, there are numerous documented incidents where something as small as a simple traffic violation moves into a high speed police pursuit and ends with a bystander or other motorist getting seriously injured. This has caused many people to go as far to suggest that maybe police should not engage in high speed pursuits as some statistics show that the police chase is actually more of a hazard toward public safety. Thankfully, the way that police pursue fleeing criminals could change very soon with the help of a new GPS tracking system that was designed to provide law enforcement with a alternative and safe way to bring the bad guys to justice.
What police departments in cities all across the country are now beta testing is a GPS tracker known as the Starchase system. Described as a pursuit management tool, the Starchase system has one primary objective: to monitor locational information of suspects in real-time during a high speed car chase. How the tracking system works can be broken down into a three step process:
1. Police in pursuit of a vehicle use a cannon like device to essentially shoot a GPS tracker upon the fleeing automobile.
2. The GPS tracker system sticks to the fleeing automobile. The device then begins sending out various information based on GPS data such as speed, location and more.
3. The transmitted GPS tracking system data is then accessed remotely where police can track the vehicle from a computer or mobile communication device such as smart phone.
Police are keenly aware that high speed car chases have the potential to end in vehicle accidents, property damage or even bodily injury to innocent people. However, police also can't let simply commit a crime and leave without any fear of police pursuit, complicating the situation in a number of different ways. The goal is that the Starchase tracking system will significantly reduce a number of risks and dangers associated with police pursuits of fleeing criminals while also boosting the capture rate of suspects. With a real-time GPS tracking device monitoring a criminal's vehicle police would then be able to essentially disengage from pursuit while still following them with an eye in the sky. In the end, the goal is public safety and the Starchase tracking system certainly offers an alternative way for law enforcement to handle high speed car chases in a more modern and safe fashion.Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 18:43
Widely described as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice is a destination spot for many honeymooners and couples in love. The main attraction of the Italian city are the gondola rides that transport couples throughout the city where roads are paved with water. With gondoliers serenading couples in love and kisses being shared under bridges, it is impossible not to see and feel the beauty of the city. Unfortunately, the popular tourist spot has seen a rapid rise in traffic on the waterways resulting in a variety of problems including accidents, one of which resulted in the death of European tourist recently. In a effort to unclog city waterways and provide an overall better experience for gondola riders, city officials in Venice have decided to move forward with the use of GPS tracking systems to monitor gondolas and other watercraft in hope it will improve maritime safety.
A couple months back in August while on the Grand Canal near the infamous historical site of the Rialto Bridge a man was killed due to what local investigators describe as negligence. The aftermath of the tragedy resulted in a couple gondoliers and a few vaporetti pilot is being investigated by law enforcement officials. The hope is that with better fleet management strategies through the use of GPS tracking systems that tragedies like the above mentioned become a thing of the past. City officials believe that eliminating accidents and reducing near misses among water taxis and other vessels with the help of GPS trackers will only help the local economy and increase the visitor experienced.
What the new GPS tracking system policy will do is make it mandatory that approximately 5,000 different vessels be equipped with GPS trackers. The GPS devices will determine the speed of water vessels, historical routes and other locational data that will be accompanied with time stamps. This new tracking system is thought to be much more detailed and reliable than the previous method in which gondolas and other watercraft were monitored (identification numbers outside of the boats similar to license plates). Along with the use of GPS tracking devices other measures will be taken to increase safety that include making it illegal for gondolas to line up alongside each other in rows to attract visiting tourists as well as removing some jetties that extend deep into the canals.
According to local reports the Venice waterways are frequently plagued with heavy traffic with over 2,000 boats, water taxis and gondolas passing under the famous Rialto Bridge roughly every 10 hours. This is a uncomfortably dangerous number that spikes even higher during the summer months when tourists flock to the Italian city at a rate of 60,000 per day!
A city official working in Venice explained that the local economy is essentially built and sustained on tourism, but that it's also important to preserve the natural beauty of the city that is often described as a museum. He said that balance was needed to improve safety, increase tourism and protect that city from such significant traffic. Hopefully, the GPS tracking systems will help improve conditions so romance can continue to blossom in Venice for generations to come.Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 22:36