GPS Tracking for Law Enforcement


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When we think about ankle trackers, our minds automatically go to people who are on parole. While ankle trackers are primarily used for parolees, they can have a variety of uses in other industries. Ankle trackers can be useful for tracking medical patients, elderly people, and pets. Below are some benefits to the different uses of ankle trackers.

Parolee Benefits

The number one use of ankle monitors is to keep track of people who are on parole. Though the parolee may not enjoy the situation, society benefits from this use of ankle trackers.

Lower Public Safety Expense

The first benefit of ankle tracker use for parolees is that it lowers public safety expenses. Most parolees had been in jail prior to being put on parole. When they get put on parole, they are no longer taking up a jail cell, and are therefore reducing the jail population. Therefore, the use of ankle trackers reduces the jail population.

Increase Public Safety

A second benefit is that ankle trackers increase public safety. Many people may worry about a felon being out of jail, but an ankle tracker is a great way to give them peace of mind. Since parolees are usually required to wear an ankle tracker at all times, the public can rest easy knowing that parolees will be caught if they are outstepping their boundaries.

Elderly Benefits

Elderly people who have begun to show signs of memory loss need a little more care and attention than they used to require. As loved ones age, children and grandchildren start to worry about where they are and whether they are safe are not. An ankle tracker would be an excellent way to keep track of them.

Peace of Mind

People worry about their elderly loved one’s safety, even if the man or woman lives in a nursing home. With an ankle tracker, the family can have the peace of mind because they are tracking their loved one.


Elderly people may feel their freedom slowly slip away as they continue to age. They may feel like their family is overbearing when they make them stay home, or they offer to drive them everywhere they need to go. However, in their minds, they think they’re capable of going for a walk or visiting a friend down the street. An ankle tracker can give the elderly people the freedom to walk down the street and feel a little bit of freedom.

Patient Benefits

Medical professionals always want to make sure they are giving the best care possible. Sometimes, however, they may feel overwhelmed by taking care of patients while also getting the administrative work done. Placing ankle trackers on patients will ease their stress and give patients peace of mind, knowing that they are being watched.

The overall benefits of ankle trackers

Overall, ankle trackers give everyone involved a peace of mind and a little more freedom. If you are considering using an ankle monitor for a patient, loved one, or pet, be sure to contact Tracking the World for the best pricing.


GPS trackign recycling bins

You’ve probably seen them in your own community…large metal bins for dropping off clothing donations.  As it turns out, not even  donations given in good will are exempt from those who rummage through  clothing bins in hopes of reselling or keeping the goods.  One Baltimore company, that originally thought donations were down,  has successfully retrieved stolen goods, and led authorities to recycled clothing thieves with the help of GPS tracking software— and in the process found out that donations weren’t down after all.   By placing GPS tracking devices in various clothing items–in pockets, liners, etc., and using GPS tracking software, the company has successfully  retrieved several batches of stolen clothing.  Company officials use geofencing, a feature of the tracking software to receive cell phone alerts whenever one of their GPS tracking devices leaves the immediate area of the clothing collection bins.   The clothing collected by the company is bailed and then shipped to third world countries.



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The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday which allows law enforcement to retrieve GPS tracking coordinates from suspects’ cell phones  provided that an arrest warrant is obtained first.  The ruling was unanimous and stated that since an arrest warrant provides law enforcement with authorized access to a suspect’s home, it thereby provides law enforcement access to cell phones within the home.  The ruling stems from a stalking case in which a Nevada man claimed that GPS location data from his phone could not be recovered and used in a case without a search warrant.




Suspected Thief Forgets He’s Wearing a GPS Tracking Ankle Bracelet

A suspected thief in Washington state either seriously underestimated the precise information provided by his GPS ankle bracelet via GPS tracking software or, more likely, forgot to remove it before allegedly embarking on a spree of theft from an Eagles fraternity lodge.  GPS tracking data confirms that the man made multiple trips between the lodge and a nearby motel.  Approximately $2,000 was stolen, and the man is now suspected in past thefts based on evidence found at the scene.  The police, confirming that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, stated that “You can’t make this stuff up.” Video surveillance from the night of the alleged crimes has been turned over to authorities, and a second suspect has been identified based on evidence.




GPS tracking policeFlorida and Iowa police departments are testing  GPS tracking devices which enable them to fire  sticky GPS “darts” at fleeing vehicles in hopes of cutting off dangerous, high-speed pursuits to increase both public and officer safety.  Using a firing mechanism installed in the front of the police cruiser, officers can deploy the GPS tracking devices from the inside of their cars.  The deployed GPS darts are designed to stick to fleeing vehicles allowing police to track them from a safe distance using GPS tracking software.  Here’s another post on GPS tracking for law enforcement.

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According to a recent CBS news report, a California senate bill, SB57, requires sex offenders who remove or tamper with their GPS tracking devices to spend a mandatory 6-months in jail.  The bill comes in response to the increase in monitoring of the state’s offenders via GPS  due to a law passed two years ago to relieve prison overpopulation, which was designed to send offenders to jail instead of prison.  But, due to overcrowding in jails as well, some offenders spend little or no time behind bars, and instead are released to home and monitored via GPS tracking bracelets.

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A Connecticut program designed to provide early warning to domestic violence victims when their assailants get too close may be expanding.  Currently available in the cities of Hartford, Danielson, and Bridgeport, victims receive automated alerts via GPS tracking software  and a GPS tracking ankle bracelet when an assailant comes within 5,000 to 2,500 feet.  The program costs $22 per day per offender, which adds up to $2 million per year. Approximately one-third of Connecticut court cases are tied to domestic violence.  Read more on this story.

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Correctional  News is reporting an increase in the number of paroled SC offenders tracked via GPS.  Numbers are up from 400 tracked offenders in 2011 to 600 tracked offenders in 2013, all of whom must pay a weekly $40 fee for tracking.  The report states that most of South Carolina’s tracked parolees are sex offenders, citing the state’s passing of Jessica’s Law in 2006 which mandates GPS tracking of specified sex offenders based on their crimes against minors.  The state employs 160 individuals to monitor the tracking devices via GPS tracking software, respond to violations, and make home visits if necessary.

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Enduro Pro GPS Tracking Device

Enduro Pro GPS Tracking Device

TrackingTheWorld’s all-weather EnduroPro GPS tracker offers an ideal choice for extreme weather conditions, from recent summer heat waves to below zero temperatures.  Designed to provide accurate and reliable reporting in the most extreme conditions ranging from -40° to 185° Fahrenheit, the EnduroPro is also water-resistant to IPX-5 standards.

The Enduro Pro offers features not typically found on GPS tracking systems in the same price range and of comparable size. Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld, said the tracker is also known for its versatility.  “The EnduroPro tracker is used for a number of applications, including asset tracking, covert tracking, and personal protection.”

Time to first fix for the Enduro Pro is 29-seconds from a cold start, and less than one second from a hot start. The tracker includes a built-in motion sensor to extend battery life, which powers down the tracker when it is not in motion, resulting in one of the longest battery lives available for trackers of similar size.  The device is equipped to operate for up to 16-days on a single charge based on five minute reporting intervals and one hour of reporting per day.

An ultra-compact tracker, the EnduroPro weighs 60-grams, and measures 67.5mm x 40mm x 21mm.  Additional technical specifications include Quad-Band 850/900/1800/190MHz operation, GSM phase 2/2+ compliance, a 1300mAh, 3.7V Li-polymer backup battery, 50-channel all-in-view tracking, and a uBlox 6 GPS receiver.  Designed for use with TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software, the Enduro Pro provides fixed-time reporting, geo-fencing, emergency alerts, and customized reporting options.

Interface options include a mini-USB port for PC connection, an LED indicator for power, GSM, and GPS statuses, power and function buttons, and an MMCX RF connector for utilization of an external GPS antenna.

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Here’s another bit of GPS tracking news…after police suspected a pair of Michigan men of breaking into homes and stealing valuables, they obtained a search warrant to place a covert tracking device on the suspect vehicle.  Some time later, the vehicle was determined to have been at another home which had also been burglarized.  Utilizing the vehicle tracking device and GPS tracking software, authorities were able to apprehend the suspects (after one fled), who later confessed to a string of burglaries.  Both men have since been sentenced to prison.