Can Police Track Your Car Without a Warrant
NYPD Commissioner Does Not Discuss Surveillance
James P. O’Neill, New York City Police Commissioner, recently spoke with state legislators in his open letter forum, and one of the primary points of the discussion was his opposing view on a state court decision on GPS tracking systems. O’Neill very candidly stated his contention with the GPS tracker decision because of the dwindling finances being allocated for New York City Police.
The New York City courts ruled that police must acquire a warrant before a GPS tracking device or other forms of vehicle tracking technology before they can be placed onto a citizen’s form of transportation. O’Neill emphasized that he does not want to descend upon motorist’s privacy, but with there being 5,000 less New York City cops today than were 8 years ago monitoring the streets he simply does not have the manpower to effectively hunt down criminals. GPS vehicle tracker technology allows the New York Police Department too quickly and cost-effectively monitor and capture suspected kidnappers, robbers, murderers, and terrorists. GPS tracking systems allow the police force to be more effective and efficient, allowing authorities to better prevent and stop crimes.
Although O’Neill very publicly commented on the highly debated topic of GPS tracking devices, he did not address the issue of surveillance in the form of more traffic light cameras. Legislators increased the budget for red-light cameras by 50 percent, but even with that increase, many hazardous intersections are still left without surveillance cameras. Some citizens were surprised that the commissioner discussed spy gadget type technology such as GPS tracking systems at length but did not discuss surveillance technology for New York City streets.
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GPS Tracking Systems & Surveillance Equipment Worth The Price?
There is no doubt that law enforcement applying GPS tracking technology to crime-fighting has resulted in criminals being put behind bars, while surveillance equipment has helped shape motorist’s behavior. The technology helps guarantee the rules of the road are being followed, but at what expense? Privacy advocates have stated vehicle tracking devices and other surveillance equipment infringe on the citizen’s rights. Surveillance cameras not only record potential traffic violations, but they also record every movement and action the individual is engaging in at that time. GPS trackers not only monitor if or when an individual engages in criminal behavior, but the vehicle tracking devices also record information such as date, time and location of every stop. The live GPS tracker will record what bars, churches, or other establishments the individual frequents.
Does the Commissioner’s statement that police should be allowed to use GPS tracking systems without a warrant make sense?
Is it a reasonable request?
Are red-light surveillance cameras actually resulting in lives being saved or is this just another way for the tax-loving cities to gauge more money from the people?
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