Repeat Offenders May Soon Get Tagged

GPS ankle bracelets mulled for offenders like chain-snatchers

Published: 22nd September 2015 04:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2015 04:25 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The City Police are exploring the possibility of electronically tagging repeat offenders to monitor their movements. Once implemented, the city police will be first in the country to do so.

Nearly 40 per cent of the offenders in chain-snatching and some other crimes are repeat offenders so constantly keeping an eye on their movements will help, said a senior police officer.

Electronic tagging is a form of surveillance that uses an electronic device, a tag or a bracelet with a chip, the location of which can be monitored. The system is in practice in United States and some other countries.

“It will definitely help the police to keep an eye on the repeat offenders and solve cases. The challenge is to use the system in a such a way that we can keep tab on their activities without intruding into their private lives,” Chandrashekar M, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) told Express.

The officer said that they are planning for GPS-enabled ankle bracelets for repeat offenders to monitor their locations. If the offender goes outside an allowed range, the ankle bracelet will notify the police about the same.

“Another advantage is that the police can easily spot or rule-out their involvement in a crime by monitoring their locations. There will be no need to summon all the repeat offenders to the police station to zero in on one of them when a crime of a certain modus operandi occurs.”

Human rights lawyers, however, feel that it is an intrusion into the privacy of a person.

Jayna Kothari, executive director of the Centre for Law and Policy Research and a human rights lawyer said, “If its a house arrest, electronic tagging will serve the cause. Installing electronic tagging on a person who has served his sentence or still facing trial will take away his or her rights of liberty and privacy.”

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