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Can The Police Use Cell Phone Technology To Solve Open Crimes?

The modern age has brought with it many new devices from computers to mobile devices to the internet and beyond. This leads many people to wonder exactly what effect this has on them. They’re also unaware of how big of an impact these new technologies have on their lives, on the world as a whole. In fact, even police are using cell phone technology to solve open crimes today.


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Tracking Criminals

Whether trying to catch someone in the act or linking someone to a past crime, police officers can use cell phone technology to track a criminal. Cell phones have a memory and keep track of where they’ve been, when they were there and what time it was, creating a memory profile police can utilize. This is especially beneficial in crimes such as drug or sex trafficking.

When trying to catch a criminal in the act, cell phones can be ‘tapped’ into much like a landline, allowing the officer to listen in on specific information on when and where the criminal will be, as well as what crime is being committed and more.

These tapped conversations can also be recorded. When the criminal is discussing the crime, past or present, he can unknowingly be providing information to the police that can be used against in a court. This adds to the appeal of cell phone technology, making it an excellent way of solving open crimes.

During Arrest and Confiscation

If a cell phone is present on the person, the officer has a right to seize and search through that phone for key information during an arrest, imprisonment or interrogation. Methods of information extraction can vary from department to department, depending on their time and resources.

Today, information can be extracted from a cell phone using software. The most familiar of which is when purchasing a new phone, the company often connects the old phone to a computer, pulls the contacts and information and inserts it into the new phone. This same concept can be applied during a police investigation, pulling information and allowing it to be browsed even after the phone has been returned to its person.

In today’s world, cell phones are becoming one of the first go-to resources for police officers. Unfortunately, though mobile technology has improved significantly, one issue still remains: is the data reliable and untampered with? It is no surprise that desptie the evidence, it is still possible for opposing counsel to argue tampering with technological evidence, thus making it worthless. In the end, it is up to a mediator, judge or jury to decide whether information obtained through a cell phone is viable for prosecution.

About the Author: Jerome Johnston is a huge advocate of the use of technology in fighting crime. He’s always looking for new systems to use and is currently looking at a VoIP provider; you can find more information here if you’re interested in using the cloud to communicate, too.

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