Law enforcement agencies are always looking for new ways to apprehend criminals in a timely manner while still protecting the lives of members of the force. GPS tracking devices can and often are used to keep law enforcement officials safe and take the dangerous and risky work of tracking and monitoring suspects out of the hands of valuable detectives. In a time where many law enforcement agencies are facing budgetary cuts, GPS tracking is an inexpensive and extremely effective way to allow officers to do their best work and help the agency easily monitor other factors to save money on vehicle maintenance.
GPS law enforcement tracking units can…
- Track suspects in real-time
- Give departments the ability to monitor, audit, and aid underperforming officers
- Allow the easily monitoring of maintenance, fuel, and vehicle locations
- Dispatch officers nearest a crime scene for faster responses
Tracking a suspect to get a feel for their schedule and activities used to require time consuming stakeouts and patrols, sometimes taking up months of an officer’s time. With GPS tracking technologies, the agency can know where a criminal is at all times and store their routes for later viewing. With devices becoming smaller and more reliable as the technology continues to develop, tracking a suspect is becoming an essential part of the law enforcement process.
Some GPS units are even capable of tracking suspects in real-time with only a very small delay between the tracker’s movements and the law enforcement agency. The information gathered and recorded by these devices can even be laid over satellite imaging of an area for an even clearer view of where a suspect has been, how long they stayed there, and more.
With passive GPS units, a GPS tracking system can be affordable to almost any agency, even with recent cost-cutting measures in place. That might be part of the reason that these systems have become so widely-used: they’re extremely useful and versatile devices that don’t have to be outlandishly expensive. Of course, if used correctly, a more expensive unit will pay for itself in increased efficiency and lower costs of operation. Passive tracking devices can record dozens of hours of a suspect’s activity and typically cost about half of what a more robust tracker would! The downside is that these devices must be manually removed for the information to be gathered, but if an officer can get it on, they’ll likely have an opportunity to remove it, and with the information it holds, an arrest will be a little bit closer.
As you can see, the GPS tracker is one of the most versatile and useful technologies in the world, and many industries from law enforcement to taxi services to oil workers and farmers use GPS trackers to monitor temperatures, exhaustion, fuel levels, and location.
How would you use a GPS unit to solve your own problems? Do you think more police should be using these devices to track suspected criminals? Let us know in the comments section below!