Every week it seems that security products are used to shine a light on both humanity’s triumphs and absolute low points. This week is no exception; read all about how hidden cameras have uncovered child abuse, how GPS tracking is helping save the elderly, and much more.
Follow an Australian Swimmer As She Makes Her Way from Cuba to Florida
This June, Australian open-water swimmer Chloe McCardel will attempt the 90-mile swim from Cuba to Florida; a feat you can follow via the GPS tracker she will have with her on her journey. The 10-day swim is a fundraiser to help in the fight against cancer, but will also be a strong demonstration of both the magnificent endurance of the human body and, to a lesser extent, the power of international GPS tracking.
Nanny Cam Catches 19-Year-Old Wisconsin Babysitter Abusing Child
A concerned Wisconsin father installed a nanny cam after his two year old fell and hit his head while under the care if his 19-year-old babysitter. A few weeks of periodically reviewing the footage worse-than-confirmed the father’s fears when he came across frames of the nanny slapping his four-month-old infant so hard that the child’s head moved. She has been charged with abusing the baby multiple times, and will appear in court May 15 for her first round of appearances.
Texas Caretaker Caught on Camera Injuring a Disabled Man
A former caretaker at Texas’ Brenham State Supported Living Center is facing two years in prison for deliberately injuring a disabled person. Caught on a surveillance camera, the caretaker was convicted of what is usually a second-degree felony for striking a severely mentally disabled man. While the victim was unable to speak in his own defense, the video footage was proof enough to put the suspect behind bars.
British Police Force to Use GPS to Track Dementia Patients
A plan to equip elderly dementia patients with GPS trackers made headlines in England this week, with some campaign groups calling the practice “barbaric.” Others, especially police, contend that this implementation of GPS is both more effective and cost efficient at keeping dementia patients from getting lost than physical search and surveillance. Because roughly 25% of their missing persons are those suffering from dementia, spending on GPS will purportedly save the police department a great deal of money.