iphonethiefHow ironic. In the midst of Jordan Sturm’s demo of Apple’s  GPS-based app, “Find My iPhone,” a bike riding thief grabbed the new iPhone and rode off, thinking he was now the proud owner of the much sought after device. Unfortunately for the thief, 31-year-old Horatio Toure, the app installed on this iPhone was designed to use the phone’s GPS tracker capabilities to provide real-time location updates so police officers and its owner can track the phone’s whereabouts in real-time.

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rocco“This is a subject that’s actually really important to me. Probably because I’m a police officer and a Dad,” said Detective Rocco Deperno during a conversation about GPS tracking. As an active detective, Deperno is more than familiar with GPS tracking through his work. Commonly used by law enforcement, GPS tracking is used primarily to track police vehicles as well as suspects in crimes. But what many people don’t know is that GPS trackers are being adopted by parents mainly to make sure their new teen drivers are being safe and responsible. 

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bobcatWildlife officers in Ogden, Utah used a GPS tracker to monitor the activities of bobcat trapper and accused poacher Jared Beal, who went to approximately 35 trap sites between November 2007 and January 2008. The evidence acquired from tracking his vehicle was enough to bring him to court. Beal now must face 12 counts of wanton destruction of protected bobcat wildlife, with half of those as felony counts, and each counts signifying that several bobcats were caught and killed illegally. Overall 31 bobcat pelts were found in Beal’s possession when he was arrested in January 2008, far over the legal permit limit of six.

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