New Technology Allows Police To Use Phones, Tablets As Bait For Would-Be Crooks

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A cutting edge technology is helping stop thieves in the act.

One company, Assisted Patrol, has developed technology used for bait devices. They are items like Android cell phones that take pictures of criminals stealing the device. The pictures are immediately sent to law enforcement officials, and a GPS is used to track the device.

David Gasper, one of the developers of the technology, said that the program turns the tables on thieves.

The technology tracks movement.

“Once you move it, you’ll activate the system,” he said.

Law enforcement officials from Columbus, Dublin, Franklin County and even state Sen. Jim Hughes, came to learn more about the technology.

10TV News demonstrated how the device worked. As soon as the bait device is taken out of a car, it immediately sends an alert and the GPS goes into action.

“You can see the map and these photos that we bring up, and you can track the suspect,” said Bob Meader with the Columbus Division of Police.

The technology can be used for more than just car break-ins.

The developer says that the bait can be put in schools, office buildings, college campuses, libraries, pretty much anywhere seeing a rise in crimes.

“It wouldn’t stop them, but certainly make them think twice about it,” Meader said.

Because the technology alerts police as the crimes happen, Assisted Patrol developers say that arrests have gone up in areas using the bait.

Right now, Dayton police are the only ones using the technology, which has proven successful.

One of the initial designers happed to be Major Larry Faulkner, a longtime Dayton police officer, who has since retired.

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