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    Do GPS Monitoring Devices give a False Sense of Security?

    Commonly used on Level 3 sex offenders, for at least the first 30 days after they are released from custody.
    Previously, only offenders considered most at risk to reoffend among Level 3 sex offenders — already the group considered most likely to reoffend — wore the devices.
    The bracelet-wearing sex offenders still represent just a fraction of the criminal population. They are meant to modify offenders’ behavior by making them more concerned about getting caught but they won’t prevent anybody from doing anything.

    “It improves community safety,” Pierce said. “It doesn’t ensure it.”(Paraphrased)
    http://www.columbian.com/article/200...WS02/810019916

    The GPS technology is not foolproof.

    There are GPS devices that send information once a day. Florida switched to the active GPS devices, which instantly alert authorities to any violations.
    But there are problems with the way the technology is used and monitored. False alarms number in the thousands in some jurisdictions, straining manpower and casting doubt on the viability of GPS as a tracking tool for high-profile felons.
    In Arizona, a 2007 legislative study found more than 35,000 false alerts by 140 subjects wearing the GPS-monitoring devices.
    Policymakers should understand that having a GPS device on subjects doesn't mean they're monitored all the time. "A lot of people think if you're on GPS somebody is sitting at a computer and they know your whereabouts all the time," Carbone said. "They're not aware of the influence of weather and other interferences with the system.

    Additionally the offender is counted on to charge the device's batteries and make sure he's wearing it on his belt and not in his pocket. "These are folks who we've already identified as having trouble following rules or schedules, they may intentionally fail, because by not charging it, they know they're not being tracked. ‘If I don't charge this thing for two hours, there's no evidence of where I've been.'"

    http://www.govtech.com/gt/596099?topic=117699

    There are many low cost and portable devices to disrupt GPS reception.
    Law enforcement agencies typically keep track of house arrest prisoners with simplest GPS based tracking bracelets.
    Officials say there have been a few kinks but won't discuss many of them for security reasons. The GPS signal, like a cell phone's, can be interfered with when the offender passes under a bridge, enters a windowless or steel-framed structure or covers the device in bedsheets or aluminum foil. "They're trying to test us," Suffolk probation director John Desmond said. "I don't want to give them any more ideas."

    http://www.geocities.com/eoped/gps-001.html
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    Timothy Randolph Loucakis

    TIMOTHY RANDOLPH LOUCAKIS who basically lives a few backyards away from Haleigh Cummings trailer is supposedly ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance because he has a court appointed GPS monitoring device that did not alert on the night of her disappearance.

    #1. If she was abducted before his 10:00pm curfew, then it would not have alerted.

    #2. He is a computer geek and has probably figured out a a way to jam the signal anyway.

    #3. Where exactly was he when LE said "he wasn't where he was supposed to be" a few days after her disappearance when he was late for curfew?

    #4. Why would a suspect (LE searched his house among the first after she was reported missing) be so stupid as to break his curfew while all eyes were on him? (LE said he hadn't done it before.) Unless he had something REEEEEEALLLLY important to do, like move a body.

    #5. If the Cummings family can prove that the GPS Monitoring Device was faulty, or not monitored properly, etc. do they have a lawsuit against the state of Florida?
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