Wisconsin Lawmakers Debate GPS Tracking
When the Legislature's Finance Committee for Wisconsin reconvenes later today they will discuss and vote on whether or not to allocate funds for the state budget to be used for GPS tracking. What makes this vote so interesting is that Governor Scott Walker's budget or any other previous Wisconsin Governor has never set money aside strictly for judges to implement a GPS tracking system plan to monitor those who are served with a restraining order. However, proponents say that monitoring those under a restraining order with GPS trackers will not only enhance personal safety but potentially save lives.
Currently under Wisconsin law those convicted of domestic violence abuse are subject to undergo monitoring via GPS tracking device. This is fairly common in most states after a number of horrific incidents made news headlines where a person convicted of domestic violence would later commit murder. However, giving Wisconsin judges the discretion to utilize GPS tracking devices to monitor those under a restraining order who could be potentially violent is certainly a step in new territory. The cost of such a plan would likely run the Justice Department roughly $3 million over the next couple years, as law enforcement and local governments would need to invest in both real-time GPS tracking hardware and monitoring services.
"GPS tracking has been used successfully to monitor those convicted of domestic violence, and most importantly giving their victims some small peace of mind", explained an advocate for expanding monitoring services in Wisconsin. "Not only do GPS trackers offer the real-time positions of offenders, but the devices are even capable of sending out alerts that will notify the victims if the offender is near them. The new monitoring initiative proposed in Wisconsin is simply a fantastic way to provide some level of mental comfort to those who filed for a restraining order because they will never have to worry or wonder if that individual they filed a report against is lurking nearby. It's really a going to have positive consequences."
GPS Trackers Provide Auto-Theft Recovery For Golf Carts
Golf carts aren't the first thing people might think would be equipped with GPS tracking systems but more and more golf cart owners have recently began using GPS trackers to monitor their recreational assets. This is because some golf carts can cost tens of thousands of dollars and more! However, it's not only golfers who look to gain more security for their golf carts by using GPS tracking, but also businesses.
Golf carts are frequently used on construction sites, school campuses, security posts and other grounds where quick mobility is essential, making them true business assets. These vehicles once only thought of as helpful in allowing golfers to navigate from tee box to fair way to green (with the occasional drive out of bounds) more easily are now critical for managers, security officers and other personnel on the job. The only problem is that many thieves also recognize that it is nearly impossible for police and law enforcement to recover stolen golf carts. This is because unlike stolen automobiles, golf carts aren't traveled on roads and highways, making it a challenge for cops on patrol to notice stolen property while conducting daily observations. Criminals understand that law enforcement agencies simply don't have the time or resources to commit a comprehensive investigation of a stolen golf cart and that is what makes the four-wheeled vehicles such a desirable target among thieves.
Asset Protection With GPS Tracking
Real-time GPS trackers are frequently used among consumers and businesses seeking to upgrade vehicle security. Over the past decade, GPS tracking devices have become routinely used with high levels of success in protecting vehicle assets of businesses and families. This is why it was only a matter of time before the GPS monitoring hardware transitioned into providing a satellite eye over other valuable assets such as golf carts.