Gps Tags Will Not Stop Offenders: Expert

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GPS tags will not stop offenders: expert 


Satellite-tracking devices could be used to monitor Victoria’s worst child-sex

offenders, under a proposal from the state’s Deputy Commissioner for crime.

RMIT University criminal justice expert, Associate Professor Julian Bondy, says

experience overseas shows GPS monitoring cannot be relied on to stop serious

criminals from re-offending.


“There have been cases overseas where sex offenders have committed rape and

murder while wearing these devices,” Associate Professor Bondy said.


“In addition, there can be problems with signal loss, error messages and

manipulation of these devices by offenders.


“There is no evidence that GPS itself will deter people from having sexually deviant

intentions. 


“Many of these crimes are opportunistic and impulsive and GPS offers no

protection in those circumstances.


“As with many high-tech responses to crime, there is also risk these devices will

create a false sense of security because their capacities are over-estimated.


“While these devices have a role to play in the tool-kit for law enforcement, they

must not be regarded as a replacement for initiatives to reduce re-offending,

including treatment programs and personal contact with offenders, their family,

friends, neighbours and employers.”


Associate Professor Bondy is an expert in criminal justice and administration.


His research has included work on bladed weapons, violence in our community

and evaluations of strategies to reduce re-offending.


The Program Manager of Criminal Justice at RMIT, Associate Professor Bondy is

available for interview from 11.30am today on the monitoring of serious offenders

with GPS tags.


For interviews: RMIT University’s Associate Professor Julian Bondy, (03)

9925 2293 or 0411 260 866. 


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia

Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

16 July, 2009






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