I have to say I hate the thought of 'an ankle strap like criminals have'.Moderators, I think this topic warrants some exposure.
Never mind the mobile-phone-sized device, what is wrong with an implant? or an ankle strap like criminals have?
I support this 100% until someone can tell me why not.
That's a good question Elaine and I honestly don't know the answer! However, if a tracking device looked the same as one that was used for criminals then that could cause a lot of problems for the wearer - would you help someone you thought was possibly a dangerous criminal?Hi Brenda,
I know where you're coming from but if it had been used first as a tracking device for dementia sufferers, would you feel so uneasy?
I would imagine that the more up-to-date ones work on the same kind of technology as sat nav devices do. I don't know how precise they are though - if for instance they told you the wearer was in a certain road, would you know what part of the road?I can only assume tags have come on a very great deal since I was a probation officer. In those days all a tag actually did was send a message to say the tagged person wasnt at home in range of the tracking box at the time they should be...it certainly didnt say where they were or give any more info than that.
This was a long time ago so presumably they are a lot more sophisticated..or at least have the potential to be ..but from what I understand from former work colleagues the ones used for offenders still only give very basic information.
No they don't My friend Son got one on at the moment , all it does is like Nat saysI'm not sure that the "offender" anklets operate in the same way at all as the GPS tagging devices. I think GPS is accurate from a few feet up to several yards.
So if his not home for 8 pm it just sends a message to say his not at home, but would not tell them where he was .send a message to say the tagged person wasnt at home in range of the tracking box at the time they should be..
Well, our experience yesterday is that they are pretty accurate. What you have to take into account is that you're tracking a moving target! You send a blank text message to the mobile phone SIM card that is inside the unit. This triggers the GPS unit to check its position and then it then sends a reply text message with this information as part of the text. There's only a delay of around less than a minute before the position text comes through...... but a person can walk quite a way in around a minute! When it was obvious that Dad wasn't on a bus, my son and I decided that trying to see him from the car was too difficult and that we could walk faster than my Dad. So we parked the car and walked, following my husband's directions as to where he was last. Luckily, it's an area I know well, so the streets names made sense and also, luckily, Dad was walking towards us on the other side of the road as he'd turned round and was walking in the opposite direction to where he had been walking ..... this was the main High Road but the sort of road where I could shout to him to get his attention. If he'd got on another bus without us seeing him, we'd have had to go back to the car and try again which would have delayed things. Also, we may have been slower if it was an unknown area as we would have had to have got more directions from my husband.I would imagine that the more up-to-date ones work on the same kind of technology as sat nav devices do. I don't know how precise they are though - if for instance they told you the wearer was in a certain road, would you know what part of the road?