Police Bust Armed Robbers With Help From GPS Tracker
Pharmacy robberies are a growing problem nationwide impacting both large metropolitan cities as well as small towns in rural areas. Pharmacies are a critical part to our nations healthcare system and have to be open for business at odd hours throughout the night, leaving them susceptible to be targeted by criminals. Making matters worse is the fact most pharmacies don't have security guards or police on site protecting them, as only camera surveillance devices are the only hope of scaring off potential robbers. Although in-store security is still one of the most effective ways to discourage potential pharmacy thieves, bait GPS tracker devices are now helping monitor stolen property post-theft through real-time GPS tracking. In fact, this form of satellite surveillance was what led police to the capture of two men in Burton, Michigan who robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint.
The pharmacy robbery occurred at a local Burton Rite Aid pharmacy a little before 10:00p.m on Thursday April 11th, and according to police reports the masked gunmen flashed a silver gun, pointing it toward the pharmacy manager. The ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) who are also involved with the case stated one of the armed suspects demanded that a store manager get money from the store safe and place the cash into a pillow case. The manager complied with the gunman's demands, filling the pillow case with money. However, the quick-thinking manager also placed a small real-time GPS tracker with the stolen cash as well.
As soon as the thieves left the scene of the crime the GPS tracker device was activated and began reporting the locations of the suspects in real-time. This positional information would be the key component that led to a quick arrest.
Once dispatchers working for Genesse County alerted police about the theft and relayed the real-time GPS tracking data it only took minutes before law enforcement were face-to-face with the criminals. Following the information provided from the GPS tracking device law enforcement pulled over a Chevy Impala. The two suspects were inside the black vehicle, and inside the car was a gun, over $4,500 in cash and the mask one of the suspects used during the robbery. Of course, the real-time GPS tracker was also recovered.
Both men were immediately taken in to custody and booked for robbery of the Burton pharmacy. Sadly, when questioned by authorities why they robbed the Rite Aid one of the men explained it was because he simply struggled finding employment in a tough economy.
Recovering A Stolen Cellular Phone
Losing your cell phone totally sucks. It is a pain in the butt situation that can have serious repercussions, especially since so many people house valuable information on their mobile devices. Information such as email addresses, social networking activity, PayPal login info, personal notes, family photographs and so much more data is frequently stored on the cell phone of the average American. Of course nobody wants to have their cell phone stolen, just like how people don't want to drop their cell phones in the toilet, but both occur every single day. However, most people know how to respond if they drop a cell phone in the toilet, whereas many are clueless what to do if their cell phone is stolen.
The very first thing a person should do if they lose their cell phone is contact law enforcement authorities to file a report. Police should be given all the details surrounding the theft as well as the serial number of the smart phone. Most people do not have serial number information readily available so they should contact their wireless provider, get the serial number info and then give all of the information to police.
Many cell phones now can be equipped with apps or registered with services that offer GPS tracking. Some of these mobile GPS tracking devices can snap photos as well as offer real-time locational information. However, just because an app offers real-time GPS tracking data doesn't mean law enforcement are going to call in all available squad cars to arrest the cell phone thief. This is why it is important to gather any evidence of phone use or information that would provide probable cause for police to make an arrest. Police will initiate a search more quickly and effectively if a person has both the real-time GPS tracking data of the mobile phone along with evidence of its use post-theft.
It is very important to note that law enforcement officials strongly advise cell phone theft victims who have mobile GPS tracking apps do not attempt to track down phone thieves on their own! This can result in a very dangerous situation and it is the reason police completely discourage anyone from trying to retrieve stolen property without law enforcement assistance.
Mobile GPS Tracking Apps: How They Work
Mobile GPS tracking apps or location devices are excellent tools to help safeguard costly smart phone or tablet devices. However, the mobile GPS tracking software must be installed upon devices looking to be protected before they are actually stolen. Once a phone is stolen it is too late to signup or register for tracking service. How these location apps operate is pretty simple. When the cell phone is powered on and connected to the Internet the mobile GPS tracking app will ping or check-in with a locator service. When the cell phone sends out this ping it includes detailed reporting information such as real-time location and historical locational data. If the cell phone owner indicates that their property is stolen the pings can occur more frequently so the user can have the most up-to-date information on where their cell phone is located.
Most mobile GPS tracking apps actually do not use satellites to determine location, but rather cellular towers using triangulation to pinpoint where a mobile phone is at. This is important to note because in areas where poor cellular coverage exists, urban canyon environments are common or places where simple drift can occur the mobile tracking services can be inaccurate. Sometimes extremely inaccurate by miles upon miles!
Mobile Tracking Software: Is It Worth Purchasing?
After explaining how mobile GPS tracking apps can sometimes have accuracy challenges some people might be scratching their heads and asking if this digital form of GPS tracker is worth the investment. The simple answer is yes, but with one small caveat: people who use these location services need to realize that they are not full proof solutions to safeguarding their mobile phones. Mobile GPS tracking apps can increase the probability a person can locate stolen property so law enforcement can recover the missing mobile phone, but they cannot guarantee anything. However, experts say that the real value in many of the popular mobile GPS tracking services is that they come with a feature that gives the user the option to erase all data on their mobile device remotely. Erasing all personal data on a mobile device remotely will also erase tracking software, but at least it will delete personal information such as bank accounts, social networking info, notes and other important data that when in the hands of the wrong person can result in identity theft or worse.