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GPS Trackers Protect Homes
Police Use GPS To Guard Abandoned & Foreclosed Homes
In almost every city in every state people can see the damage caused by irresponsibility. After poor decisions by people making investments in homes they couldn't afford, and banks loaning these fools money in hope to get rich quick themselves, the housing bubble burst. Now, neighborhoods all across the country have for sale signs and foreclosure signs decorating the lawn. With many homes now being abandoned because people are unable to afford their mortgages, criminals are seizing the moment by breaking into these empty homes and stealing valuable household items from washer and dryers to water heaters. However, many city police departments are fighting back with the use of GPS trackers.
Used by law enforcement agencies for a variety of applications, GPS tracking devices have been used more frequently by the men in blue to catch criminals trying to capitalize on the misfortune of others who are victims of the housing and financial crisis. What the housing crisis has created is a new form of criminal who searches neighborhoods looking for recently abandoned or foreclosed homes. This criminal then breaks into these empty homes, steals any valuable appliances, equipment or assets left behind, and then sells the items online through site such as Craigslist. "We continue to see the fallout from the busted housing bubble with all-time low interest rates, low lines of credit and increased theft in houses banks repossessed", explained a GPS fleet tracker expert for the GPS Tracker Shop.
What police have been doing to catch this new wave of criminal is placing GPS trackers in appliances in random homes in areas frequently targeted by criminals. Police place signs or stickers on multiple homes stating that the house could be under GPS tracking surveillance, warning potential thieves that if they choose to illegally enter the home they are rolling the dice. If the criminal chooses not to heed the warning and steals an appliance monitored by a GPS tracking system, the police can easily track the criminal’s location and bust them.
Police are already having success with the GPS tracking surveillance program, catching numerous criminals who chose to ignore the stickers and warning signs and now spend their time behind bars. Sadly, with the housing market continuing to struggle, the increase of opportunistic criminals looking to take advantage of the rise in foreclosures will likely continue.
Protecting and monitoring personal assets is all part of the job description of a GPS tracker. With police utilizing real-time GPS trackers such as the SilverCloud to protect the goods left behind in foreclosed and abandoned homes criminals don’t stand a chance.