This week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the use of a covert GPS tracker installed by police in the vehicle of a man suspected of burglaries in 2007. Using the GPS tracker installed on the vehicle police were able to place and apprehend the suspect at the scene of a burglary where additional evidence was found.
The tracking device was installed after a warrant was obtained, however the suspect’s defense included that the use of the GPS tracker exceeded the scope of the warrant due to its real time tracking capabilities. In a majority ruling the court found that the use of the GPS tracker by police was covered by the warrant.
The Telegraph, a British newspaper, reported today that the use of GPS trackers and private investigators for tracking cheating spouses is on the rise. The article details individual cases where high tech and PI work has helped suspected spouses find out for sure if their husband or wives are having an affair.
GPS tracker devices are routinely used for tracking cheating spouses. Click below to read the full article.
A New York Department of Labor employee is suing his previous employer for
planting a GPS tracking device on his personal vehicle. The man, who
was fired in August of 2010 for suspected time-sheet violations, is suing
the New York Department of Labor for implanting a GPS device in his car in
2008 while he was at work. The data from this device was a major factor in his
The man and the ACLU have filed a petition against the state. Currently the
matter awaits a ruling in the NY state appeals court.
The device was actually installed by the Inspector General’s office. However,
the New York branch of the ACLU cites that the covert GPS tracking system violates the state’s constitution.
If the idea of being tracked by big brother makes you uneasy, then what about the
idea of being tracked by someone who is much closer to home…your husband or wife! The NJ state
appellate court has recently ruled in favor of allowing one spouse to utilize GPS tracking systems
to track his spouse.
The case that started this curious ruling revolves around one Mr. Kenneth Villanova
and his ex-wife’s sneaking suspicious that he was stepping out with another
lady. With the help of a private detective, and the GPS tracker unit he implanted in
their shared vehicle, Mrs. Villanova was able to obtain the proof that he was
less than faithful.
Mr. Villanova’s suit again his now ex-wife, for breach of privacy in use of the GPS tracking systems, was dismissed as
having no grounds, as he had no expectations of privacy on public streets.
The U.S. Air Force is set to receive a set of two A2100 composite satellite
structures and the first ship set of propellant tanks for the GPS III
satellites. These deliveries, which represent use of enhanced GPS tracking technology,
is only the first part in a much larger project in GPS tracking systems.
The GPS III structure is made from a composite material that is lightweight and
high-strength, which makes it ideal for integration into military hardware. The
GPS III satellites are expected to deliver navigation that is three times more
accurate than current GPS tracker systems in place. It will also have advanced anti-jam
capabilities, making it more predictable in hostile areas.
Good news for the rest of us, since the system will also be adding a new
international civil signal (L1C) that is designed to work with existing GPS tracking
systems. Just don’t expect to see results until after the project is completed in
A suspect currently being held without bond at a downtown
Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on suspicion of robbing a bank found
out that when you take the cash in a sack you get something else that you do
not want, a GPS tracking device.
The device, which helped agents to locate the suspect after he allegedly made off
with roughly $400 from a Bank of America branch in Evanston, Illinois last
week, was included in the bag by the bank staff. The GPS tracker emitted a signal
precise enough that it allowed a team led by the FBI and the Evanston police
force to track him after he left the scene of the crime on foot. The device
tracked him all the way to Chicago before he was arrested.
Here’s another story about GPS tracker devices and solving crimes.
A New Jersey judge recently ruled that the use of GPS trackers in an effort to track a spouse suspected of infidelity is legal. The specific case involved a woman who used a GPS tracking system placed in the glove box of her husband’s car to track his whereabouts upon the recommendation of a private investigator. After 2-weeks of covert GPS tracking, the man’s car was tracked to another woman’s driveway, where he was leaving with another woman in his car.
The judge in the appellate court case cited that the use of GPS trackers in a family-owned vehicle does not constitute an invasion of privacy, and that the suspected spouse did not drive to a location where he had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
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In addition, read our recent post on GPS trackers for use in domestic violence cases.
Take a look at our magnetic hibernating battery pack–an optional accessory available for the Enduro and Enduro Pro GPS Trackers. Shown here with the Enduro Pro GPS tracker, our battery pack is housed in a tough Pelican brand protective case, and is easily installed with a quick magnetic mount. Our 8-celll Lithium ion hybernating battery pack is waterproof, crushproof, and weather proof making it a versatile option for fleet tracking, law enforcement tracking, covert GPS tracking, and personal use.
Using our ultra-efficient Hybernating GPS Tracking Battery Pack with your Enduro or Enduro Pro GPS tracking system will allow you up to 6 months of continuous use on a single charge. The GPS hybernating battery pack conserves battery power through a built in motion sensor, which automatically turns the GPS device on when motion is detected, and back off when motion stops.
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We’ve often written about the benefits of GPS trackers for construction companies, including tracking heavy equipment and building materials. Here’s a story from Corpus Christi, Texas that is a great example of GPS tracking for construction companies, or any business:
According to KRIS-TV.COM, GPS tracking recently led to the recovery of both a stolen truck and building supplies (roofing shingles) with help from a GPS tracking device inside the truck. According to the article, the suspect cut the chain link fence behind the construction business, stole the GPS equipped truck and shingles, and even painted over the truck’s business logo.
Police tracked the vehicle throughout the night, and ultimately recovered both the truck and the shingles. A suspect is in custody.
Businesses and organizations of every type and size use GPS tracking systems everyday. Here are a few of the most common industries using GPS trackers to improve the way they do business.
Law Enforcement and Private Investigators: GPS tracking for law enforcement and private investigations provides a cost-effective method of vehicle tracking without the need for around-the-clock human surveilance. GPS tracking systems with motion sensors alert law enforcement officers and private investigators when a target vehicle moves. Using GPS tracking software, agencies have the capability to follow the tracked vehicle with great accuracy.
Construction Companies: With both heavy equipment, and expensive items such as air conditioners, appliances, and more at stake, construction companies use GPS tracking devices to protect the costly items they store on construction sites. GPS trackers can be placed on items such as dump trucks and bulldozers, as well as central air conditioning units and refrigerators. In the event of theft, these items are much more likely to be quickly recovered. In some cases, insurance companies offer premium discounts for items equipped with GPS.
Home Services: Business which provide in-home services, such as medical supply companies, contractors, plumbers, HVAC companies, and more often use GPS tracking devices for fleet tracking. With GPS tracking software, fleet managers have the ability to determine efficient routes, and know exactly where every vehicle is at any time of day.