Law Enforcement

GPS Tracking Bracelets Questioned

Personal GPS Tracker Questioned After Murder

The 21st century approach to fighting crime has placed a great deal of burden on technology. Police use radar guns to calculate the speed a driver is traveling, DNA and forensic technology to gather evidence, and GPS tracking systems to monitor criminals who are trying to reform their lives and contribute and function back in society. Unfortunately, technology must be monitored by functional and capable police or other authorities for it to be optimized effectively, and the recent mournful events that occurred in Maryland has left people asking if GPS personal trackers are an effectual law enforcement tool or a waste of tax payer money.

GPS Trackers Are Useless When No Ones Watching?

When Lamont Davis, a 17-year-old juvenile who was being monitored by GPS tracking technology because of his long history of criminal behavior, became engaged in an old-west style shootout on the streets of Maryland the result was a 5-year-old-girl taking a bullet to the head. Raven Wyatt, the victim in the shooting, is currently in a hospital battling for her life because of the damage caused from the bullet. The story about this young girl getting shot in the middle of the day has  sickened all local residents, but what is even more shocking is that at the time of the shooting Davis was being monitored by GPS tracking bracelet technology and should have never been free to roam the streets. Luke Albao, a Maryland native, said, ” We are saddened as a community about what happened to this poor young girl, and outraged how an individual supposedly being monitored by the juvenile justice system via GPS tracker technology was able to commit such a horrific crime.”

Currently, the state of Maryland is spending over $200,000 a year on the GPS tracking system and monitoring technology in an attempt to keep the public safe from criminals. Although it is uncertain what the exact circumstances were surrounding the incident, people now believe either the GPS tracker failed due to a technological glitch, or that simply no one was monitoring the extremely volatile teen. Frederick Bealefeld, the Police Commissioner, stated the partnership between  law enforcement authorities and GPS tracking systems is still in its infancy stages, and that all the kinks will be resolved in time. As for now, Bealefeld said that the number of homicides committed by juveniles has decreased 60%, from 20 last year to only 12 this year. Bealefield attributes the decline in having a better method of monitoring high-risk teens who were released from juvenile detention centers, and said GPS trackers are a huge part of that monitoring process.