highway-truckHighway robbery is a very common crime in Mexico–entire armed gangs pull over one fully loaded 18-wheeler after another and take all the cargo from the drivers at gun point. Cargo theft is a worldwide problem, but in Mexico it is one of the most violent and prevalent crimes, as about 60% to 65% of the thefts involve a gun.

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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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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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