Thursday, May 02, 2013
Text alerts if sex offenders go near schools
"SEX criminals could be given electronic tags that can alert police if they go near schools or parks.
Humberside Police have been piloting the tags, which use satellite tracking to monitor offenders' movements 24 hours a day.
Officers in Hull and the East Riding have three of the tags – one for high-risk sex offenders and two for prolific criminals including burglars.
Detective Inspector Darren Webb, who has led the trial, said it has been so successful he is recommending the force buys more of the tags, which cost £2,400 a year."
11:46am Wednesday 1st May 2013
Sussex Police defends decision to buy GPS locators for dementia patients
"Gill Stoneham, from Fishbourne in Chichester, who has dementia, started using the Mindme locator after a neighbour found her disorientated and trying to cross the busy A27 roundabout. Gill Stoneham, from Fishbourne in Chichester, who has dementia, started using the Mindme locator after a neighbour found her disorientated and trying to cross the busy A27 roundabout.
Sussex Police have defended their decision to buy GPS locating devices to trace dementia patients amid calls from some elder care campaigners for their withdrawal.
The force bought six battery-powered locators as part of a bid to save money and time spent on searching for missing dementia patients."
Majority of 'deprivation of liberty' cases unreported, says report
Barbaric? No, electronic tags are a godsend for Alzheimer's sufferers - and for their carers
May 2, 2013
Victim’s Rights v.Villain’s Rights.
"Down in deepest Surrey, U.K, police are also preparing to use GPS trackers without the sanction of a judge. To track sex offenders you wonder? Nope. Drug dealers? Nope. Entirely innocent citizens – in the name of saving money.
Fed up with the expense of ‘police time and resources’ involved in finding elderly vulnerable citizens, who, by definition, are fully deserving of care under the much vaunted ‘care in the community’ programme, they propose to fit them with GPS tracking devices. A mere £100 each. This is not, they stress, the same as tagging criminals, for ‘electronic tags are worn round the ankle, these devices are worn round the waist or the neck….’
Presumably it is only a short step to implanting such a device, for that is ‘obviously different’ to an electronic tag which can be removed after a set period! If we accept implants for the elderly, ‘for their own good’, why not children? Who can ignore the danger children face in today’s paedophile filled world? If all children are implanted – then it is merely a matter of waiting 20 years before you have adults who are so implanted…
No lawyers have been outraged. Any more than they were outraged when it was revealed that thousands of vulnerable people have been deprived of their liberty ‘for their own good’ without any authority, simply because they wished to go somewhere and care staff either didn’t want to go with them or were too under staffed to spare the time.
This morning there are emotive articles saying what a ‘good thing’ this new technology is, that it will allow families and carers to give ‘more freedom’ to dementia sufferers. That might be a valid argument had the dementia sufferer given their permission in advance to be tracked in this way, in the same manner that you could give a lasting power of attorney to someone to allow them to make other decisions for you and avoid the Court of Protection. That hasn’t happened."