GPS tracking systems benefits police departments that are trying to improve service quality and reduce expenses. This technology offers individual units and headquarters real-time data, resulting in more effective and efficient police work.
Police can use GPS technology in many ways in their everyday work. Below are four ways GPS tracking can be used by police departments.
Manage a Police Force
Law enforcement can better serve their local communities through the use of modern technology. Data from GPS tracking devices can show which police cars are closer to crime scenes and help to keep officers in their assigned zones.
GPS provides updated traffic information and directions, which helps officers get to an emergency or crime scene sooner. Wait times can be significantly reduced as well.
GPS tracking makes managing large police forces easier. Every squad car can be tracked and the department head can keep tabs on officers to ensure they are not taking unauthorized breaks and are staying on the job. If officers go missing on the job, GPS tracking can help find them. This ensures everyone’s safety in the police department. All information is real-time. You don’t have to rely on data that is an hour old.
GPS tracking systems are also helpful in fighting against crime. In fact, the Redlands Police Department in California made 140 successful arrests thanks to GPS. These arrests were for crimes like car theft, armed robbery, bike theft, laptop theft, commercial burglary, cemetery theft and metal theft.
Gather Evidence and Log for Prosecution
All data stored in the GPS trackers can be accessed easily. Police officers are able to log in information in the device so it can be retrieved later. Having this information at their fingertips has helped in activities that resulted in convictions in the courtroom.
Track Paroled Inmates
Often paroled inmates are released and have to wear a GPS bracelet. Officers enter the coordinates into the device of where the paroled inmate can go. If the paroled inmate goes to a place that is not listed in the device, GPS alerts the officers of this breach of parole terms. Law enforcement can keep track and monitor paroled inmates a lot easier with GPS instead of having to designate a parole officer to be physically present.
It is clear that GPS tracking helps police departments do their work more effectively and efficiently. Police departments are now able to better manage their own force, gather and log in evidence and make arrests.
If you are a police chief or other agency officer interested in improving the service of your law enforcement agency, give us a call here at LiveView GPS at 1-888-544-0494 to about the benefits of GPS tracking for your organization.
Seagulls, known for their love of garbage, have made it possible for researchers to located an illegal waste dumping site in Spain.
The high landfill tax rate in Europe has created a black market for dumping waste throughout the continent, said Jim Baird of the Glasgow Caledonian University. The cost to UK taxpayers of illegal dumping is approximately 300 million pounds, as per a report that was published by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust in 2014.
Though it is known that illegal dumping exists, it can be difficult to pinpoint the perpetrators. They are commonly white-collar criminals who are skilled at creating the façade of a legal company.
In order to locate these illegal dumping grounds, Joan Navarro, along with his colleagues at the Functional Ecology and Evolutionary Center decided to give an unconventional method a try. The group fitted 19 yellow-legged seagulls with solar-powered GPS trackers. These trackers transmitted the location of the birds every five minutes. Since gulls have a love for garbage, the group thought that the birds would be able to help locate these illegal dumping grounds.
The GPS-outfitted gulls ranged over 100 kilometers from their colony. Five of the gulls continuously returned to a location at a landfill that was closed near Huelva, a Spanish city. The researchers assessed the area, and when they did, they found that there was fresh waste – and that it had been illegally dumped at the location.
According to Baird, the approach of using scavenging seagulls as trackers for locating illegal dumping sites is certainly innovative. The GPS trackers that the gulls are fitted with run on solar power. This allowed the trackers to work for years without problem. The frequent location updates that the trackers provide have the potential to let managers to keep tabs on new illegal dump sites that pop up, in real time.
It is hopeful that this method of tracking will continue to be successful, and that it will continue to help put a stop to illegal waste dumping in the UK. It should be noted, however, that gulls are only able to track organic waste; the illegal dumping of inorganic objects is tracked by satellite.
Are you a farmer, or do you own a construction company? Do you work in any industry that requires the ownership of equipment?
If so, you know how important your equipment is to the success of your business. You also know how susceptible your equipment is to theft. The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that construction equipment and tools to the tune of as much as one billion dollars worth is stolen in the United States every year; 90 percent of these theft occur at work sites. Between 1995 and 2001, these thefts increased by 64 percent, and the numbers continue to rise.
If you are the victim of equipment theft, what you do after you discover your equipment has been stolen plays a pivotal role in recovering your stolen property.
What should you do after you find out that your equipment has been stolen? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind that can speed up and make the recovery process more successful.
Secure the Scene
The first thing you should do is secure the scene. Make sure that all of the equipment that has not been stolen is properly secured. This includes making sure that it is locked up and that it is monitored.
After you have secured the scene, take inventory of your stock of equipment. Make a detailed report of all of the items that have been stolen. Include vehicle identification (VIN) numbers, the name of manufacturers, the year and model, the date the equipment was purchased, any identifying marks on the equipment, and any other pertinent information in your report.
Contact the Local Police Department
Contact the police as soon as possible to file a stolen equipment report. Provide the police with the inventory report that you have created. They will also investigate the scene and provide you with a hard copy of the official police report that they have made, including the case number of the report.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact the company that insures your equipment within 24 hours of the time you made the discovery of the stolen equipment. Provide your insurance company with the hard copy of the police report, as well as the case number that you were given.
In order to improve the chances of recovering stolen equipment, it is a wise idea to install GPS equipment tracking devices. This will make it easier for you, and the authorities, to pinpoint the location of your equipment, and ensure its return.