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GPS Tracking The War On Drugs


Vehicle Tracking Gives Border Patrol An Edge

GPS Trackers Monitor Movement

border_patrolWorking in the hot desert climate searching for drug smuggler tracks and evidence is only one of the ways the United States Border Patrol monitors the highly dangerous Mexican-American border. Every single day from southern California to Texas drug smugglers attempt to bring across cocaine, heroin, or marijuana to distribute on American streets. With drugs bringing in such a high amount of revenue to the criminal smugglers the situation can be very volatile and dangerous for U.S. Border Patrol agents. “Many of these drug traffickers carry firearms or other weapons, and since they come from such a poverty stricken background they do not place a high-value on life”, stated an agent for the U.S. Border Patrol. With so many agents in the field monitoring the border for potential suspicious activity GPS tracking system technology has provided the answer to mobilization, deployment, and fleet management.

Approximately three years ago the drug smuggling situation became so bad in southern New Mexico that state representatives needed to call in the National Guard to assist the U.S. Border Patrol. With Texas, Arizona, and California stepping up efforts against the drug smugglers many of the drug traffickers changed their focus on smuggling operations toward a less secure New Mexico region. With only a small wire fence being the only barrier separating the countries in many areas, the drug traffickers were easily able to push drugs into the United States. The result was increased crime, break-ins, and drugs in the southern region of the United States. Taking an eclectic approach to the situation, the U.S. Border Patrol began using old fashioned tracking techniques and modern GPS tracking system technology.

GPS Tracking

Vehicle tracking devices gave the U.S Border Patrol an easy way to monitor the location of agents in the field. Before the GPS systems were in place agents would have to radio in their location, creating only a static position and leaving some details ambiguous. Once some agent’s vehicles began being equipped with the GPS tracking systems supervisors and other authorized personnel had real-time access to the location of the agents when they were in the field. Since the GPS tracking data is continuous and accurate up to 2.5 meters, the vehicle tracking devices gave many of the U.S. Border Patrol agents using the GPS systems an easy way to route, deploy, and mobilize agents.

The live GPS tracking systems still continue to give the U.S. Border Patrol an edge!

Vehicle Tracking Opinion

The war on drugs is clearly a never-ending and dangerous one, but with GPS tracking systems and other surveillance equipment helping border patrol agents do you think we are winning the battle?

Should the government do more to help or fund the war on drugs?

Do you believe in additional security and tighter restrictions on people crossing the border into America?

Source: MSNBC