In an age when technology is becoming an increasingly critical part of our lives, it permeates every aspect of everyday living. From making bank deposits with your smartphone to the ever-expanding network of social media outlets, the internet and smart phone technology have changed every aspect of our daily lives compared to even a short five years ago. Criminal law is no different.
Daniel Richardson of Lake Worth is currently facing burglary charges for an incident in Boynton Beach. Richardson was working for a pressure-cleaning service that contracted to pressure-clean the outside of a Canyon Isles home when he allegedly entered the home without the homeowner's permission. The homeowner, who wasn't present at the time, reportedly saw Richardson enter her home via her iPhone over a remote surveillance system she had set up inside her house. When Richardson was apprehended, he had cash and jewelry on him which reportedly belonged to the homeowner.
We've seen television shows where crimes have been caught on ATM machines or traffic light cameras and we all think that this doesn't happen in real life, but that's not the case. ATM cameras have been known to catch robberies on film. Traffic cameras have been known to show carjackings in progress. Certainly store survillance cameras are a common form of evidence. And now, smart phones can be added to the list of technology that is used in criminal prosecutions.
This isn't the only time that smart phones have been used in criminal cases. Battery victims have been known to snap photos of their injuries with their smart phones. One victim in Palm Beach County even caught his attacker coming at him, with a rod in hand raised to strike the man, on film via his smartphone. People have their phones in their hands at all times these days. Now, even when they are not at home, they may have their eyes on those who surreptitiously enter thanks to the smart phone.