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GPS Alerts London Police

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London Police GPS Tracker

GPS Bracelet Alerts Authorities About Potential Terrorist

Security for an event such as the Olympics that are now taking place in London is a massive task that requires coordination and communication on a grand scale. This is because the London Police Departments must work hand in hand with government agencies and other security personnel in order to make certain the athletes competing in the games are safeguarded, as well as the millions of tourists who come to the country to witness the event that takes place once every four years. One of the tools that security working the London Olympics use is real-time GPS trackers that have the capability to provide live locational information on target vehicles/people. These systems also can send alerts if a vehicle or person enters or exits a specific area that they are not supposed to enter. This is exactly how the satellite monitoring technology worked when it notified London Police that an individual with ties to terrorist activities approached too closely to the Olympic games he was supposed to stay significantly far away from.

A man known only by the surname “CF” was rumored to have made multiple trips to Afghanistan where he engaged in terrorist activities. Activities that resulted in multiple suicide bombings in the war-torn region. After being deported back to the UK, law enforcement authorities required that “CF” participate in a terrorism and prevention investigation that would demand he wears a GPS tracking bracelet to monitor the suspected terrorist’s movements. He was also required to stay away from the Olympic festivities taking place in London. Unfortunately, the real-time GPS locational data notified London authorities that “CF” did not follow the mandated travel restrictions that were part of his compliance with the terrorism and prevention investigation.

“CF” claimed he simply was taking a form of public transportation to get to a particular location when the public transit routed him and fellow passengers to an area nearby the Olympic games. He stated he was unaware he was in an area that he was not supposed to be. With the help of the GPS tracker bracelet, authorities were able to quickly investigate the matter.

One of the primary issues many opponents to the real-time monitoring plan have had is that even though the tracking systems worn by potential terrorist suspects provide live locational information, the technology has no way to stop the suspects from engaging in further terrorist activities. For example, if a potential suspect is under 24/7 GPS surveillance for a year, that does not necessarily stop that individual from being involved in other terrorist activities.

Do you believe that GPS monitoring is helping reduce terrorism, or is the technology a waste of taxpayer finances?