GPS tracking technology has a wide range of different uses that are totally legitimate. Unfortunately, it can be used to invade people’s privacy, too. Such was the case with a Canberra man, who was recently jailed after it was revealed that he had been secretly tracking his partner’s car with a GPS camera.
ealed that a Canberra man had secretly installed a GPS tracker on his partner’s car so that he could constantly monitor her activities. Not only did the tracker allow him to see where she currently was, but it collected other information as well. He could see where she had been, how long she had stayed in particular places and more.
The device in question had a SIM card installed that the man could call like a regular cell phone. Once a call was placed, he would be sent an SMS text message with the vehicle’s current latitude and longitude. Once he plugged those numbers into an online map service like Google Maps, he could instantly see exactly where she was at all times.
After the woman became suspicious, she contacted the police who conducted a thorough search of her car. They found the device connected to the car’s wiring system – virtually undetectable to a standard user.
It’s important to note that this incident was simply the latest in a long line of offenses that the 67-year-old had participated in. Over the last decade alone, he had pled guilty to assault and stalking charges and no less than six different attempts to contravene a domestic violence order. Police reported that he had regularly asked others to contact the woman on his behalf.
In December of 2011, after suspecting that his partner had been having an affair, he even shoved her onto a bed and pushed a cell phone in her mouth in an apparent (and misguided) attempt to track her.
The man was eventually jailed in September of 2016 when he took himself to the police. During his sentencing, he expressed a great deal of remorse for his actions – though the judge indicated that he was “totally unconvincing.” The judge would go on to describe the man as an “overbearing bully” and sentenced him to a total of 15 months in jail. When you consider that he had been in jail since last September, he has the potential to be released in June of 2017 on “good behavior.”
The woman indicated that the relationship with the man was so toxic and his actions were so invasive that she felt compelled to leave Canberra entirely. This despite the fact that she had lived there for over 30 years and that her son and his family were still local residents.
Privacy in the Modern Era
It’s safe to say that the very definition of the term “privacy” has changed dramatically in recent years. Even as recently as ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable to suspect that someone may be using a small device wired to the electronics system in your car to monitor your every move. Flash forward to today and the most expensive part of this idea would be installation – the device itself can be purchased for a few hundred dollars or less depending on the model.
If you do suspect that someone may be monitoring you without your knowledge, an investment in counter-surveillance technology becomes an important consideration to make. Devices like the Lawmate RD-10 RF and Camera Detector, for example, use law enforcement-grade technology to identify both hidden camera lenses and other devices with wireless transmission technology. Had the woman from Canberra been using a Lawmate, it would have instantly detected the hidden GPS tracker the moment the man called it to locate the car’s latitude and longitude coordinates.