Australian jurisdictions are considering the use of GPS ankle bracelets to monitor the movements of those subject to domestic violence orders.  These can be used to track individuals and raise alarms bells if the individual enters or leaves a defined geographic area or geofence.  The topic is on the agenda for the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

There are a range of non technical issues that are discussed in this ABC radio report.

The system “rings alarm bells” if the bracelet is tampered with or removed.

This is another example of where GPS, tracking and geofence alerts can be used to improve the safety of those vulnerable in the community.

Disturbingly though, domestic violence offenders are also using “stalker apps” and GPS locators hidden in the victim’s possession to discover the location of their victims.  This is discussed in this ABC report.