Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Kel Glare has suggested that every new car sold should be fitted with a GPS tracking device in an effort to deter and prevent crimes.
It is believed that GPS tracking devices would significantly improve the effectiveness of the police force in reducing and solving crime – recently GPS data collected from a stolen ambulance in South Australia was used to find the body of a murdered nurse.
The ability to quickly find and locate a stolen car would be an important aspect of GPS tracking, but the wider application would see notifications setup so that the police are alerted to proximity breaches of restraining orders, potentially leading to life-saving interventions.
While the idea of implementing GPS tracking devices into cars Australia-wide seems a sensible idea, it’s a policy that poses significant privacy concerns and may need thinking through before it’s considered by any government.
What do you think? Would you feel safer knowing your car is being tracked by GPS? Or is being tracked wherever you drive simply too much of a breach of your privacy for you to consider the plan?