iphone_googlemaps_locateCommitting felonies just isn’t what it used to be. Swiping someone’s personal belongings and running off into the sunset is a thing of the past now that GPS tracking systems can be implemented in almost anything these days. If you can track your child, your pet, and your spouse, tracking a phone is no big deal.

Maybe Eddie Deleon, who practically invited the police into his home when he stole an iPhone with a GPS application, hadn’t received the memo quite just yet.

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stolentractor_20100324160709_320_240After having his business equipment stolen numerous times before (worth around $50,000), Scott Williams, a Tampa businessman, decided to take the matter of protecting his property into his own hands. He installed GPS trackers in his business truck and all of his landscaping equipment, so that he would be able to track its exact location in case it was stolen again.

And when it did get stolen yesterday morning, he logged on a friend’s computer and was able to see exactly where the truck and stolen equipment was heading. He then called up the police and gave them the exact location of the truck.

“When the vehicle was taken, he got with a friend who could track it on his home computer and was able to give our officer a play-by-play, street-by-street location of that vehicle as it was fleeing the area,” said Lt. Bruce Leidholdt.

Thanks to the GPS trackers, within a few hours, all of Scott’s equipment and truck was returned to him and he was able to get back to work.

Now most people wouldn’t normally expect lawnmowers and landscaping equipment to be tracked by GPS, but when you really think about it, all of this equipment is really expensive.

“A mower is $15,000. A weed eater is $400. Back pack blower is, like, $600. This stuff gets expensive,” Williamson said.

As of right now, the police haven’t found the thief, but they have found what seems to be his car and a gun inside it. And as for Scott Williams, he is just happy that the thieves didn’t put him out of business.

(Via MyFoxTampaBay)

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firetruckWhen the FDNY wanted to cut costs and improve efficiency for faster response, they turned to GPS tracking. The system was designed to locate some 1,300 ambulances and fire trucks so workers could better dispatch emergency responders. When GPS tracking has proved to increase efficiency and cut costs for most businesses, the FDNY are still facing astronomical consulting fees from their Hewlett Packer private consulting firm. Facing budgetary constraints that may result in the layoffs of over 1,000 firefighters

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2202854905_4752c3a086It’s not everyday that the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the NYPD get to work together, but thanks to a GPS tracking device, the two teams were able to work together to catch thieves embroiled in a major heist..

First the NYPD contact the Wyoming troopers to let them know to keep a watch out for a stolen rental car. Fortunately the rental company had installed a GPS tracking device inside of the vehicle, so the NYPD was able to determine which region the car was in, which is why they contacted the Wyoming Highway Patrol. As a result, the Wyoming Highway Patrol was able to quickly spot the car this past monday night. The suspects in the car were immediately arrested and troops managed to find $37,000 in stolen jewelry, laptop computers, iPods and digital cameras in the car.

(Via Q2 KTVQ)

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350010167772150storieslarge20100301ortiz-2-28-10-cyIn New York, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is working hard to enact a new bill that would protect domestic violence victims by requiring any person with an order of protection issued against them to wear a GPS tracking device. The family of Erika Delia took to the steps of CIty Hall with Ortiz to express their support of such a bill.

In 2007, Erika Delia was murdered by her ex-boyfriend who she had previously had a restraining order on. And just recently a woman in Flushing was murdered by a man who she had multiple restraining orders against.

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Have you ever taken a taxi ride and suspected that the meter was going faster than it should be? You’re suspicions might have been correct if you were ever a passenger of Wasim Khalid Cheema. The Brooklyn taxi driver is said to have hacked his taxi meter in order to routinely charge his passengers double the fare. It’s estimated that his meter hack stole a total of $40k during a 6 month period.

“(Cheema) has a pattern of deceiving passengers in a manner which is clearly against the best interests of the public,” a city administrative law judge wrote in a decision against him last month. “Members of the riding public must be able to trust that taxicab drivers will … be honest.”

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Taxi cab driver, Wasim Khalid Cheema

After passengers complained, investigators used the GPS tracking technology installed in all NYC taxi meters to determine that Cheema was actually charging riders the rate reserved for trips to Nassau and Westchester counties.

 

(Via AMNY)

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