GPS tracking is used to help drivers protect their vehicles from theft and quickly recover a automobile if it is every stolen, but choosing to track a vehicle has always been the choice of the motorist. Well that is about to change for drivers in Bayingolin Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang because motorists in that region are now required to equip a GPS tracker on their vehicles or they will be refused gas at fuel stations.
Starting this week (with the deadline at the end of June), any vehicle or bulldozer in this Chinese region must be equipped with a GPS tracking device. Chinese drivers will be required to pay the roughly $13 annual fee associates with the real-time tracking technology, but the government has stated they will pay any costs associated with installation of the GPS trackers. Vehicles not equipped with a tracking device will not be allowed to receive fuel at gas stations.
Although the thought of vehicle monitoring technology being utilized on a large scale is not that uncommon (Oregon once tried to propose vehicles be equipped with a GPS tracker in order to charge vehicles by mileage driven), China is the first nation to make it mandatory and at the same time punish those not utilizing the location-based technology. The reason why China is taking such bold moves? That would be the guise of security in a nation dealing with tensions among Han Chinese migrants and muslims, and a fear of potential terrorism.
As many Americans already know, when the government creates a new law and establishes based on unwarranted fear the result is usually a bigger government, more wasted money and less personal privacy. With the new law in place, Chinese officials will utilize the BeiDou system so they can track all vehicles 24/7. The official government position is that it will help local police recover a vehicle if it is ever stolen by terrorists. However, many locals are simply not buying it because the relationship between the Bayingolin Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture and the Chinese officials has seen problems in the past. For example, locals have complained about Chinese security forces starting massive rallies where hundreds of armed Chinese move through out the streets and make life "uncomfortable". Naturally, the Chinese government takes the position that the rallies are actually anti-terror rallies and necessary becasue they help security prepare for any future terrorist attacks.
Source: The Guardian
Let's be honest, everyone was a little shocked when television personality/business mogul/brash and sassy Donald Trump was able to pull out a win against Hilary Clinton in the United States Presidential election. Sure, Clinton was being investigated by the FBI, had a long history of questionable ethics and was about as charismatic as a rock, but Trump was probably worse. Trump attacked the media, used vulgar language and bullied his way to the White House even though he lost the popular vote. Unfortunately, the bullying and belittling of people that was the hallmark of Trump's campaign has already been seen in the first days of his Presidency, as he as taken to Twitter to make negative remarks about the women who protested Trump the day after the inauguration. With many more protests on the horizon, some are worried that Donald Trump could use some of his newly acquired domestic surveillance stratgies to spy on potential protesters or anyone in opposition of his agenda.
Intelligence and domestic spying was on a scale many Americans had no idea about until Edward Snowden revealed the depths of the domestic monitoring. From accessing the cameras on people's phones to the GPS tracking hardware in those same devices, Snowden showed that the intelligence community was really invading the privacy rights of Americans in the name of security. So the tools are certainly there for a man such as Donald Trump to spy on protesters or anyone who publicly criticizes the President and his agenda. The thought of a President wielding such powers is actually quite frightening but when a person looks more closely at the behavior of Donald Trump over the campaign trail and his first couple days of office the notion is not far-fetched at all. Let's take a look at some of the things he has said or tweeted and why those things should be a concern.
1. "Why didn't these people vote"
That is what Donald Trump said when talking about the hundreds of thousands of women who marched in solidarity against Trump. He minimized everything they were doing and insinuated that none of them voted. The Presidential move would have been to immediately address the situation and show respect for them acting out their Constitutional Rights.
2. "Million or million and a half people"
Trump was informed that hundreds of thousands of more people atteneded the inauguration of President Obama and this statement reinforced his view that he is always the best and always right. Even in the face of clear evidence, Trump refused to believe anything other than his own narrative.
3. "CNN is a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS"
Trump has already set the ground work to attack journalists who report negative things about the administration or himself personally. If he is willing to attack credible news organizations and the people who work for them he most certainly might go after others such as protesters who engage in demonstrations against that administration.
Domestic surveillance is something utilized to enhance national security but it is very possible Trump could utilize those same tools that include going through emails, social networking accounts, utilizing GPS tracking technology and more to go after those in opposition of the administration. This is a very frightening thought, but hopefully Congress, media and the American people will continue to hold him accountable for the things said and done.
Tow truck businesses throughout the country have been using GPS auto trackers to monitor company vehicles and most importantly protect those tow trucks from theft. The location-based technology allows tow truck companies to see how fast drivers are operating two trucks, provide real-time updates on where vehicles are moving and a wealth of other data that can assist tow truck businesses with fleet management. One tow truck operation in Hackensack, New Jersey learned firsthand the benefits of auto tracking when a flatbed tow truck they owned was stolen, taken for a joyride through Manhattan and eventually recovered by police enforcement.
Employees for Bergen Brookside Auto Body & Towing, a vehicle towing company based in Hackensack, New Jersey, were shocked when they noticed one of the flatbed trucks in their fleet was missing. There worst fears were confirmed when the employees pulled up the data from a GPS auto tracker that was equipped to the flatbed truck and it showed the truck was cruising around multiple locations (including Manhattan!) since midnight. With the information from the tracking unit, employees for the tow truck company were able to provide Hackensack police with live updates on the stolen vehicle. Police then began a chase wit the stolen vehicle tat lasted approximately 50 miles. The chase ended when the stolen to truck made an illegal U-turn and then intentionally crashed the tow truck into multiple New York Police squad cars.
The officers involved in the accident arrested Paul Gudanowski and were later taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. Gudanowski now faces numerous charges that range from aggravated assault to vehicle theft. Gudanowski also has a long record of previous offenses that include burglary, trespassing, DUI and more.
According to authorities involved with the chase, the pursuit lasted toughly 45 minutes and 35 miles. Although police did not provide many details pertaining to the chase since the investigation is still pending, it was clear that GPS auto tracking device installed on the stolen tow truck was instrumental in helping police quickly locate the vehicle and make an arrest.
One of the things that teenagers love more than anything is summer. Summer means time off school, vacations, hanging out with friends, outdoor adventures, longer days and simply more fun. Summer can be a great time for teens, but for parents it is the time when they should have heightened fears because when the temperature rises so to does the danger. This is because statistics show that the most dangerous month for teen drivers is Summer.
There are a number of factors that lead to the spike in teen driving accidents in the summer according to driving experts. Many of these factors are things such as sending/receiving text messages while driving, driving too fast or simply anything that could casual distracted driving like conversation with friends. Basically, many of the same factors that result in the majority of teen driving accidents. However, the care-free attitude many teens exhibit is often amplified in the summer months and this sustained behavior can be a recipe for automotive disaster. This leaves parents asking themselves what options are available to reduce the dangers of teen driving during the summer months.
Cell phone use is now the number one leading cause behind distracted driving among all motorists, but it is even more prevalent among teenagers. Teenagers will use their cell phones for literally hundreds of different applications. These applications include everything from making calls, sending text messages, creating SnapChat stories, posting on Facebook/Instagram and more. Therefore, cell phones are basically one huge distraction and parents need to reduce or eliminate that distraction. Parents can utilize apps that freeze cell phone activity, choose a data plan that doesn't allow the teen access to the Internet, or have serious conversations regarding cell phone use when driving and check cell phone records against driving activity to be sure teens aren't using their phones while driving. Whatever option a parent decides, it is critical that cell phone use is monitored and conversations take place regarding cell phone use while driving. Also, setting a good example to teens is important because parents shouldn't be using their cell phones while driving either!
Monitoring teen cell phone activity is important and being a good role model is also important, but for parents wanting to take safety to the next level can get help with GPS car tracking devices. Live car tracking technology is fantastic for two specific reasons and that is it can notify a parent if a teen is driving too fast or traveling to places they are not supposed to be. Speeding is synonymous with driving danger and when a teen motorist drives fast they put themselves in harm's way. Therefore, parents who stop their kids from speeding also reduce the likelihood those teens will be involved in a automobile accident. This is one of the best reasons for any parent to invest in a car tracking device for their teenager. However, there are still other positive benefits of investing in a car tracker and one more is because GPS tracking allows parents to know where their teens are located at all times. Whether it be a friend's house they are not supposed to go, a bad side of town that should be avoided or some other spot that is off-limits, GPS trackers provide parents with every address a teen arrives and departs. This locational information can be viewed over the Internet or programmed to alert parents via email or text. The GPS tracker will provide non-biased data regarding where a teen is going which can help parents understand if their teen is making good driving decisions. This can be especially good in the summer months when teens travel more frequently with friends.
GPS tracking review websites have the SilverCloud Tag real-time GPS as the best teen driving system as rated by cost and functionality.
When the weather gets warmer teen driving gets more dangerous, but that doesn't mean parents can't help reduce those dangers. By understanding that risks go up in the summer, parents must talk with their teen drivers, monitor cell phone activity and consider using GPS car tracking technology to observe how fast a teen is driving their automobile. Safe driving is a learned behavior and so to is poor driving. Parents can help shape these driving behaviors with a little management and hopefully keep their teens safer by doing so.
The war on drugs is a fight that is taking place every single day, but that fight isn't happening only on the border with Mexico. This was validates when hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heroin was seized by drug enforcement authorities who said the package was making its way from Mexico to the rural city of Reading, Pennsylvania.
The package containing approximately $300,000 worth of heroin was shipped by Jose Guzman-Cabello and his accessory to the crime Jose Fernandez-Avalos. The men stated the package contained chocolate but after an X-Ray machine scanned the parcel it was determined that the men were lying. After some investigative work it was clear that the contents of the package was not chocolate but rather a large quantity of heroin. The district attorney explained that once it was discovered the package indeed contained illegal narcosis that were most likely to be distributed in Reading that a small GPS tracker was added to the parcel. The package along with the live GPS monitoring system were then sent back on the original journey. With the real-time tracker reporting detailed locational data of the package, the authorities were able to gather evidence and prepare to make an arrest.
When the package was opened by the suspects the live GPS was activated and authorities made an arrest. Neighbors were shocked to learn that someone in Reading would be selling such powerful drugs in a neighborhood where kids frequently run around outside and play in the streets.
Both of the suspects involved with the heroin trafficking case are illegal aliens from Mexico. They crossed the border illegally and used their drug connections in Mexico to bring heroin into typical suburban neighborhoods in the United States in places such as Reading, Pennsylvania. The two men will now await trial in the USA and if they are convicted by American courts will have to serve their time in American jails before being deported.
First of all, good work by both the shipping company and local law enforcement for discovering what was happening and moving forward with a successful investigation. However, situations such as these tell us a couple things. The first is the power GPS tracking devices can have with any investigative process. The second is what can happen when immigrants come into this country illegally and take advantage of our countries' very weak laws. This country has become so politically correct and cowardly that illegal immigrants cross the border without fear, sell drugs to our kids and are basically rewarded with a free trip back to their native country worst case scenario. Until we remove sanctuary cities and document immigrants coming to this country, good law-abiding citizens can expect more drugs and more criminal behavior.
Nothing can be more frightening to a parent than when a child goes missing, and sadly that is the situation right now in Gwinnett County, Georgia where Monique Vanloo-Alkush has been missing since Friday. According to Monique’ family, her disappearance is completely out of her normal behavior, and now they are left fearing the absolute worst. Monique’s mother went on to say that whenever her daughter is late she would call so she knew something was wrong.
Monique lived at home so her mother saw her everyday, and the last time they spoke her daughter said she was going to head home from Georgia State campus after an Uber ride. As a college student struggling with finances, Monique realized that the best way to save money was to carpool and was therefore off to pick up another person before heading back toward Gwinnett.
Monique’s mother went on to say that when she believed her daughter was missing she tried to use the GPS tracking technology in her iPhone to track the girl’s whereabouts but the phone was shut off. Her mother also mentioned to police authorities that the night before her disappearance she had got into a verbal altercation with her father, but it was not the type of thing that would case the girl to up and leave. She also went on to say that Monique was suffering from both anxiety and depression, but that Monique did not pack up any of her personal belongings, something she would likely do if she did not plan on coming home.
Monique struggled to even speak when she was discussing the case with the press, and although she cannot even think about the worst possible outcome at this time all she can do is beg for anyone with information to assist in bringing Monique home.
Both Uber and the folks at Georgia State are currently working with police investigators in Gwinnett County to assist in the case, but police are oddly not suspecting foul play at this time. Even though Monique’s debit card was recorded as being used in Tennessee and the missing girl did not know anyone from that area.
Police also stated that bank statements show that Monique also paid for Uber and Lyft, a popular ride sharing app, on the day she was reported missing.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Gwinnett County Police