RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerous…it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.
She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing control…they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.
AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location services…basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.
Struck says you can decrease your chance of someone knowing your location by turning it off. "You could just leave it off or only use it when you use GPS to get to point A to point B," explained Struck.
To turn off your location go to your settings, then privacy…click on location and then turn it off.
Melissa says if you feel like you are being followed try not to be alone and most importantly… "Trust your Gut."
Melissa also says if you feel like you are in danger of someone stalking you, call their 24 hour hotline 1-800-236-122.