Have you lost any device, money, or anything of value recently? If yes, worry no more. The current technology makes it easy to almost everything. Using smart technology, you can now outsmart that thief if you report or request help early enough. From tracking the devices using apps to social media, below are a few tricks on catching criminals using smart technology.
Use of tracking apps
If you lose your device, for instance, an iPhone, you can borrow another friend’s iPhone and track yours. iPhones have “Find My iPhone Apps that you input your Apple ID and track the thief’s location. If you are using an android phone, there is no need to feel left out. Every phone has a unique number known as the IMEI number. If you report to authorities, this number can track down any phone. Apple clients can also track their devices through their iCloud accounts. With this, they get notified whenever their devices are used anywhere in this world.
Tracking through social media
Imagine a situation where armed robbers attack the bank’s cashiers and run off with a massive chunk of money. The CCTV camera can capture their faces. The thieves would soon get out to enjoy their money and brag about it on their socials. Luckily for social media platforms like Instagram allow tagging location ID, those criminals will be tracked down.
Another good example is of a situation where you are on the streets, and a criminal robs you of your belongings. If the streets have CCTV cameras, you can use the thief’s face ID and track them down through their socials.
Double check with thrift shops online
When people are comfortable buying second-hand items, thieves have learned to take advantage of the situation. It could be your car or bike, for instance. In such a case, you can visit online shops such as eBay that allow the selling of used goods and try to find them. In case you spot it, relax and think of a wise move. You can join the auction and bid for the item, then liaise with the authorities during collection to go and pick it.
Reporting to the authorities
For example, it is a delicate situation where someone probably has stolen your bank account cards or identity cards, kindly report the matter. The police can liaise with the necessary parties on your behalf, and retrieve your cards and catch the thief.
For example, if it is your bank card, the police can work with the bank and trace where the last transaction took place. They can also wait for a signal for the next transaction and catch the thief in the act. The criminal could use your card to commit a crime if you got your card stolen. If you report, the criminal can be caught and charged in court. Both cases fall under identity theft or impersonation, which guarantees the criminal some years in prison.