Are GPS devices legal in Indiana?

Indianapolis – Millie Park was an observer. Her abusive ex-boyfriend, Ronnie McClure, Repeatedly violated the protection order And he always seems to know exactly where Park is.

Within a week, a series of incidents were reported to IMPD. Park’s car key was registered while she was inside a Mexican restaurant on the West Side. While working on the CityWay Building, McClure had just appeared without warning. The last straw for Park was when she received texts describing the contents of the trash in her daughter’s home, while Park was visiting.

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Fearing for her safety, Park packed her bag, grabbed her two dogs, and began driving east to Hancock County. Her plan was to stay out of sight for a few days in a hotel somewhere unfamiliar to McClure. I only needed to stop once at a gas station in Greenwood.

“I let my dogs go out to go to the potty and found the Priceline hotel allowed dogs and booked it,” Parke said.

Park got back to her car with her dogs. Moments later, gas station security cameras spotted a car McClure was driving speeding through the parking lot, then colliding with Park’s parked car.

“I’m freaked out. I’m trying to reverse that,” Park said. ‘By then he was already there. He was already punching me.’

McClure was throwing punches through an open window. Park quickly rushed toward the passenger to avoid McClure, but jumped behind the wheel and started stabbing Park. After that, McClure started to drive away with Park still inside the car. When the car turned around the building, the passenger door opened and Park fell onto the sidewalk. She took emergency surgery to fix a hole in her heart.

Park survived, but a horrific question remained. How did McClure know exactly where Park was that night?

The answer was found attached to the underside of Park’s car: a GPS tracking device, planted there by McClure.

“It was scary, so he knew where she was going and what she was doing,” said Brent Easley, the Hancock County District Attorney.

GPS Devices: Are They Legal?

The hardware is cheap. SpyTec offers one For only $60. This includes a GPS device and a protective case with strong magnets that make it easy to attach to the vehicle. After that, all that is required is to connect the device to a cellular network and download a free app to your smartphone.

Setup time only takes minutes. From that moment on, every time the device senses movement, there’s an app alert followed by real-time updates about your location, speed, and time. When the device senses that the vehicle has stopped, an image is sent to the app indicating the location.

SpyTec insists that users should only place the devices in their private property.

But FOX59 found that even if GPS trackers are misused, as in the Mille Park case, this is not against the law in Indiana.

This was confirmed by Senator Liz Brown, “There is no crime now. If someone starts throwing these things in people’s cars and bags. There is nothing that I can find or that our employees can find currently that would make it illegal.”

Brown is an attorney and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a recent interview with the Senator, FOX59 showed the GPS device we purchased, the detailed data it produced and how McClure misused it to track Park.

“No one should be able to do that without the owner’s permission,” Senator Brown said.

During the interview, Brown announced that she was ready to take legislative action.

Brown said: “I have already asked the staff to consider drafting legislation to address this because no one should be able to do that. I appreciate that you brought it to my attention, and if you had not brought it to me, I would not have considered pursuing the legislation. So, thank you.” .

The state senator said she hopes to move legislation banning GPS devices from being planted on other people’s property by the end of the year.