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RobBrady Pocket GPS Staff Joined: Jul 21, 2004 Posts: 2624 Location: Chelmsford, UK
Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:12 pm Post subject: GPS Catches Teenage Thugs Following Robbery
In the latest success story for GPS technology, three teenage boys were arrested for violently robbing a man at knife-point after a tracking device led police to their whereabouts.
The arrest occurred less than an hour after the incident which saw the teenage trio viciously mug a fellow bus passenger in Birmingham.
The 24 year old victim, who refused to hand over his iPhone to the criminals, was badly assaulted as the trio bent back his fingers and stabbed him in the hand before making off with his phone.
However, the decision proved to be their undoing as information provided by a GPS tracker installed on the stolen device led police directly to their whereabouts.
The tracker taps into the phone's built-in GPS system to provide real-time information pertaining to the phone's location and can be activated remotely by those who have installed it.
The three boys in question, whose ages ranged from 15 to 17 years, were each sentenced to detention within young offenders' institutes or imprisonment for between 18 and 32 months.
This is not the only time when such technology has been suggested as a way to address UK crime figures, with proposals previously made to monitor dangerous offenders using GPS.
GPS directions provided to satnav devices have also led to other successes for criminal prosecution, including a £1 million drug plot foiled by misguided navigation.
Source _________________ Robert Brady
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Kremmen Lifetime Member Joined: Mar 03, 2006 Posts: 718 Location: West London
Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:55 pm Post subject:
Too lenient in my book
They'll be out in half that ! _________________ Lets be careful out there !
worried Lifetime Member Joined: Mar 02, 2006 Posts: 56
Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:30 pm Post subject:
I think it was on the one BBC show last night 6th Sept, the BBC financial advisor had his phone snatched by a hooded individual, a witness gave a description and the police took the advisor around the district, asked by the police about the phone model, they then tracked down the culprits in minutes, case solved
mrg2003 Regular Visitor Joined: 12/03/2003 18:19:15 Posts: 129 Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:53 pm Post subject: Not very tech savvy thieves v Stupid Journo
Fail for this tech savvy journo, for not knowing that
Using a high value tech item in public, is like a magnet to low lives.
Don't thieves know that they can buy a gps jammer for a few pounds on ebay?
Best keep the goods out of temptations way. _________________ Mr.G
gem Regular Visitor Joined: Feb 06, 2004 Posts: 73 Location: Scotland
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:30 am Post subject: keep the phone hidden?
Best keep the goods out of temptations way.
Ohh I agree. Never bring out your phone when on a bus or walking if you are within eyeshot of anyone.
And if it rings, then just talk loudly and don't answer in case you tempt someone to want to steal it off you.
M8TJT The Other Tired Old Man Joined: Apr 04, 2006 Posts: 4829 Location: East Sussex, UK
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:14 am Post subject: Re: Not very tech savvy thieves v Stupid Journo
mrg2003 wrote: Don't thieves know that they can buy a gps jammer for a few pounds on ebay? They could possibly steal one for free
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