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  • Police: Man charged with eavesdropping

    Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 6:10 am

    GLENS FALLS -- A Granville man was charged with eavesdropping Saturday after his ex-girlfriend discovered a recording device hidden in a child's backpack, police said.

    Donald A. Connolly, 34, of Route 22, was charged with felony eavesdropping after someone in the ex-girlfriend's home spotted a red light on a 4-year-old's backpack, Glens Falls Police Sgt. Keith Knoop said.
    Knoop described the incident as follows:

    Connolly and the ex-girlfriend have a 4-year-old child in common. Connolly had dropped the child off at the woman's Glens Falls home Saturday, and a short time later the light was spotted on the backpack.

    They found what appeared to be a recording device sewn into the backpack, and brought it to the Police Department. Police confirmed it was an audiorecorder.

    Connolly was called to the police station, and admitted he put the device on the backpack.
    He did not explain why, but Knoop said it appeared to be related to a custody dispute.

    He was charged with eavesdropping and released pending prosecution in City Court. Police Officer Dan Habshi made the arrest.

  • GPS' Use Goes Past Directions

    While most of us are familiar with GPS (Global Positioning System) units that provide directions - like the popular Garmin nüvi or the TomTom - GPS has uses than to tell us, "Turn Right at Intersection."

    For instance, shipping services use GPS to determine where their delivery trucks are at all times. Airlines, the military, and law enforcement use GPS to locate lost aircraft, search for vessels on the high seas, or track cell phone emergency calls.

    GPS receivers are also installed in taxi cabs, as a Chicago man found out early Sunday morning.

    Travis E. Conner III, aged 18, is being charged with one count robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking after he carjacked man is charged with robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking after police found him at a gas station through the GPS in a stolen taxi cab.

    Conner stole the taxi at gunpoint around 3:30 AM on Sunday. Unfortunately for him, he made two crucial mistakes; the first was that the cab was equipped with a GPS tracking device. The second? He dropped his cell phone at the scene of the crime.

    Not long after Conner's bungled crime, Chicago police found him at a gas station near 6300 North Central Avenue. He was identified, and police confiscated a semi-automatic handgun during the arrest.

    Clearly, Conner is not up-to-date on today's GPS technology, as evidenced by his theft of a tracked vehicle. However, you can be ahead of the learning curve. Just check out U-Spy Stores GPS tracking devices. Our professionally installed units can be employed to track your teen driver's travels, use of work vehicles by employees, or even to find out is your spouse is going to the places he/she said they were. The GPS can notify you when it has left the designated area. By placing the MT100 in a vehicle, users can have alerts sent to a cell phone or email address whenever the vehicle moves. The user's cell can also remotely track the vehicle in real time, with text messages sent within seconds of the last known position of the vehicle. We also have units that have fleet tracking capabilities.

  • How to Avoid Being Followed Home

    While we don't want to think about the fact that criminals can follow us from a gas station or shopping mall to our homes, it happens more than one would think. Just last week a 58-year-old Chicagoland businessman was followed home and then severely beaten inside the home as his helpless family was forced to watch.

    Abbas Darwish, a convenience store owner, is in fair condition at Good Samaritan Hospital following the April 15th attack. His injuries include broken ribs, a broken nose, and bruised lungs. His wife and two sons were also treated for injuries following the early morning attack.

    The police have two men in custody and are looking for four more. While Mr. Darwish and his family are expected to recover, some aren't as lucky. So, it is always best to be aware of your surroundings and anything that seems to be out of place, whether walking, driving, exercising, etc. as we move into the summer months.

    If you think that you're being followed, there are several precautions to take to keep yourself safe:

    • Frequently check the rearview mirror to see if you are being followed.  If you believe that you are, DO NOT drive home. Instead drive to the nearest police station, fire station or other place of safety such as a crowded parking lot.
    • If you believe you're being followed but aren't sure, make three consecutive left hand or right hand turns. If the car is still behind you, DO NOT drive home.
    • Remember it is important to know where you are so police officers can respond if needed. Know your direction of travel.
    • If you have a cellular phone, call 9-1-1. Try to get a good description of the vehicle that is following you including the vehicle's make, color and license plate number if possible.
    • Don't stop if the vehicle following bumps your car or otherwise tries to get you to pull over.
    • Do not try to be a hero. Don't take any action that would jeopardize your own safety.
    • Carry a small camera, use your cell phone camera, or equip your car with a dash cam and record, or take pictures, of the followers.

    While statistics show that women are more likely to be followed than men, as evidenced by the above story, it can happen to both men and women. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm, and avoid the instinct to stomp on the gas to get away. The more relaxed and controlled you stay, the greater the likelihood that your followers will grow bored with the "chase;" especially if it is a meandering path to nowhere.

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