Victorian authorities found a better way to track activities of sex offenders, that is by giving them GPS trackers that would be worn like bracelets. It would use the latest global positioning system so as long as the device is operational, the bearer can be tracked anywhere in Australia, or even outside the country. For now, only high-risk sex offenders would be entitled to receive this special bracelet. But many believe other sex offenders, even those with minor cases, should also be tracked.
Australia already had a technology that uses radio frequency that allows authorities to track offenders. The new one is just a step up but it happens to be far more advanced than the first as it directly points to a certain location, not an area. The wearing of the gadget has been sanctioned by the court and parole board. It has also been suggested that all parolees and arsonists should also be wearing it to ensure the safety of the public, a report from Big Pond News says.
'The GPS technology, like the GPS technology in your car, enables Corrections Victoria to know exactly where an offender is located,' Corrections Minister Edward O'Donohue told reporters on Monday.
'It will be able to provide real time notification if there is a breach of an order or a breach of a condition imposed by the court.'
While some say it would be an intrusion to privacy, the court sees it as a necessity to ensure the safety not only for the public but for the bearer, too. Looking at it in a positive way, offenders may act according to the law to prevent getting imprisoned again.