Monday, July 21, 2008

Vehicle Tracking is the way to go!

A couple of weeks ago we had an incident with someone breaking into a couple of cars that were parked in our parking lot. They weren't trying to steal the car but they broke windows in an effort to gain access so that they could steal things like computers and audio/video equipment. With crime continually on the rise due to the lagging economy, I'm really worried that it's going to happen again. I started looking into some options to possibly cash the individuals who are targeting our hotel. Obviously more video equipment would be too costly and really would only allow us to see the people that didn't but wouldn't necessarily help us catch them. One of the ideas that I think would work best would be for us to a put a GPS unit in a computer case. As soon as it was stolen, the police would be able to track it and possibly catch the criminals.

Actually, vehicle tracking has been helpful in solving lots of crimes. The Daytona Beach Police Department has bait cars and motorcycles that are equipped with vehicle tracking and can be used to catch thieves in the act. In November 2007, WSTM NBC3 reported on the GPS Tracking Keys that are available from Land Air Sea Systems. According to their report, the Tracking Key was instrumental in proving the murder of a 12 year old girl. The Tracking Key is a small, pocket sized device that receives signals from the twenty-four Department of Defense satellites orbiting the earth. The internal computer accurately determines the location of the device within 2.5 meters and records this data every second. Not only is this unit compatible with Google Earth, but it's so easy to use and incredibly small and easy to conceal. The Tracking Key unit is currently on sale for $199.00. Hurry, this sale ends on 7/25/08.

I'm going to talk to the owner of our hotel and see if this is something that we can try. The only problem is that we don't have a car that we can use as bait because we never know when the criminals are going to show up.

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