The Jussie Smollett situation, which increasingly seems like it’s becoming a hoax, reminds me of just how technology has come. With surveillance cameras everywhere you go, it’s not a good time to break in someone’s car, steal someone’s purse, or just randomly beat up a person for no reason. (Not that I’m saying you are thinking of doing one of these things.)
In early 2006, a laptop of mine was stolen from the Fry’s Electronics parking lot in Manhattan Beach, CA. Yes, I accidentally left my car unlocked (something I’ve never done again). The Police weren’t able to determine the suspect since Fry’s didn’t have any surveillance cams in their parking lot. One year later, they did. And you can bet that barely anybody gets away with stealing in their parking lot anymore.
But surveillance cameras aren’t the only form of technology to help deter crime.
As this article from Timothy Roafa notes, drones can help patrol areas in ways that people never had imagined. They can capture location and video information of crimes as they occur. This can help provide evidence in future court proceedings. Of course, many people think that drones is going too far by creating a police state. However, there is no doubt that the use of drones by law enforcement has not only helped save lives, but it has brought many criminals to justice as well.
Rapid Identification Systems
An article from Purdue University points out how the rise of big data has led to identification systems that can allow police officers to quickly see someone’s criminal history through a basic search. And if someone is pulled over while driving without a license, they can still be identified instantly through an in-car computer search.
The rise of big data has also led to rapid identification systems, which allow police officers to quickly see the criminal history of individuals through a basic search. People pulled over while driving without a license can still be identified instantly through an in-car computer search.
IP Tracking and Beyond
You want to threaten someone anonymously on your computer? Well, there’s no such thing as “anonymous” anymore. The police have the best IP trackers, can track where your computer was located when you made the threat (even going past software that disguises your IP), and track you down.
The truth is that, for the most part, you can post what you want when you want. The police aren’t going to track you down for your opinion on Roger Stone. But once your opinions turn into legit threats, you are the one that can end up being in prison.
Remember the novel 1984 by George Orwell? Many people say that novel is becoming a reality with police being able to track everything you do. The question is whether this is a good thing or not.