At this very moment, police officers could be heading to your home ready to accuse you of being a cellphone thief - all because of a simple technological glitch.
Experts explain that all smartphones sold today have built-in GPS tracking technology. And a number of new tracking programs and apps like “Find my iPhone” and “Where’s my Droid?” help you locate your phone by tapping into its GPS - which generates the address where the phone currently is.
But there’s a big problem. If the GPS tracker can’t pinpoint an exact location for your phone, it locks onto the cellular tower closest to your phone and lists the nearest home address to the tower. And the app says your phone is there, even when it isn’t!
We read about one couple in Florida who’ve had police officers show up at their door, brandishing weapons searching for stolen phones. They only left after calling the phone company to verify that the GPS tracker was picking up the wrong address.
And lately there have been a lot of reports of angry citizens taking matters into their own hands - tracking down their stolen phones and accosting the alleged thieves!
So, police say that until GPS tracking programs are 100-percent accurate the best way to protect yourself from angry, cellphone hunting people is to tack a note to your door explaining that you live close to a cell tower and the GPS tracker is incorrectly listing your address.