When a five year old boy was kidnapped in Texas, his quick-thinking and technology-savvy dad was able to assist police in locating the boy with the use of an iPad and an iPhone.
The father stopped at a local liquor store and left his son in the 2001 Ford Explorer. Fortunately dad took his iPad with him inside the store. When he left the store, he discovered his car – and his son – were gone.
Using the “Find My iPhone” app on his iPad, he was able to assist police.
A spokesperson for the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Lt. Wayne Schultz explained how the father used the iPad in conjunction with the iPhone still in the vehicle to track its whereabouts. Fortunately the man had taken the iPad with him into the store.
The information was passed onto from deputies on the scene to the dispatch office. From there the information was disseminated to troops out in the field almost immediately. This enabled officers to respond almost instantly to the kidnapping and theft.
The vehicle was located and the suspect taken into custody. The boy was evaluated at an area medical facility before being pronounced OK. Even though the story had a happy ending, this is one father who may rethink the idea of leaving his young child in an unattended vehicle.
Earlier this year, GPS was used to thwart two other crimes as well. In South Carolina, a GPS device hidden among building materials that were stolen helped police locate the goods. In Connecticut, the GPS app on a phone helped police locate a pair of robbery suspects. It would seem technology has come a long way in helping stop crime or in solving it once it has occurred.