No GPS Tracker? An Ax Will Do!

ax_throwing_robyn_irvineEvery once in a while, we come across a news story that deserves to be printed for the sake of a good chuckle. Since it’s Friday, we thought we’d share this one with you. Enjoy!

Surprise! Ax-Throwing Champion Won’t be Robbed!

22-year-old Nicholas Uolla woke up yesterday morning in Hemet, California, and had a usual Thursday. He did things like eat breakfast, check his emails, and, you know – try to steal some jewelry from the home of a sweet old lady.

Uolla successfully broke into the home of Robyn Irvine, found her asleep, and tried to take her watch off of her wrist. Little did Uolla know that Irvine had an ax next to her bed – and she knew how to use it.

On Second Thought

Irvine, it turns out, was an axe-throwing champion (yes, there are axe-throwing contests!). When she grabbed her axe and yelled at Uolla, the robber stood stunned unable to move. Uolla eventually ran for the door, and Irvine decided not to throw the ax.

She later told press that she “…would’ve gotten him right in the spine or the back of his head…I hit what I aim for,” she said. Yikes! That should teach Uolla not to break into a home to try and steal a watch off of a person’s wrist! Uolla is currently in police custody, but press has confirmed that he was surprised by Irvine’s trusty ax.

If It’s Not GPS…

Many people today have a GPS tracker attached to valuable items. We often read stories of robbers that attempted to steal an item tracked by a GPS tracker, or someone trying to steal a vehicle that has a GPS tracking device attached. But, for those that don’t have a GPS tracker, there’s always the next best option: an ax. Of course, you’d have to be an ax throwing champion like Robyn Irvine…

For non-ax related tracking (or, hey, even if you want to track your ax!), we have all kinds of GPS trackers available. Call us today to let us know what you’re looking for, and we will find that right GPS tracker for you. As far as Irvine goes, it’s pretty clear that you don’t want to mess with this ax-throwing champion!

Venice Gondolas Get GPS

venice_gondolas_gpsCan you imagine Venice without gondolas? No? Neither can the millions of tourists that visit Venice every year. But, there’s an issue brewing in those famous waters. An excess of traffic along the waterway is causing gondoliers to travel too quickly.

President of the ‘Venice Gondola Rowers,’ Aldo Reato, wants to put a stop to these speeds. Reato’s concerns were sparked by a recent accident that occurred this past August when a German professor aboard a gondola was killed, and his 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized with a severe head injury after the vessel collided with a water-bus (a form of public transportation in Venice).

The Solution

Italian transportation officials plan to implement a GPS tracking system in order to help gondola drivers maneuver the boats more efficiently. These devices will be ready to roll by November 4th. Each gondola in Venice will also be outfitted with a number plate and reflectors to aid authorities when trying to identify each boat caught on film (various cameras are set up along the waterway).

Up until now, the only identifying boat numbers could not be easily captured on film, since these numbers were located inside of the boats. In addition, gondoliers will also be required to carry identification cards.

How GPS Will Help

It may seem kind of crazy to picture small boats as a major form of transportation, but that’s how life rolls in Venice. Boats are used to transport everything from goods to people and (of course) tourists. GPS trackers will allow authorities to track down careless gondoliers that aren’t obeying traffic rules.

How many boats clutter Venice’s waterways? Around 1600 – 700 of which are taxis and 200 of those boats are gondolas. That’s a lot of traffic! High speeds on the Venice seas can cause collisions, and that’s something that has to be stopped.

Other Measures

Aside from GPS trackers and license plates, there are a number of other solutions in the works. Some of these include:

  • Banning morning gondola rides
  • Tighter drug and alcohol laws
  • Random drug tests
  • Restrictive docking

Many additional measures are being created and implemented currently. As for the tragic gondola accident mentioned above, the accident is still under investigation. In addition to video evidence, photographs and videos from tourist cameras are being collected as well (you never know when those photos are going to come in handy!).

Since the fatal incident, tourists and residents alike have avoided gondola rides in fear of something similar happening to them. It is the hope of city officials that the GPS trackers will restore faith in the gondola once again.

Would you feel safer traveling in a gondola if GPS trackers were on board? Have you ever been to Venice? Let us know what you think below!


Photo courtesy of Kylir via Flickr Creative Commons

Welcome to Our Blog!


Welcome to the first Alpha GPS Tracking blog post!

Here’s what we’ll be writing about:

  • The latest GPS tracking news
  • GPS tracking gadget information
  • Industry tips, tricks, and details
  • On pace GPS tracking methods

In short, this is where you will want to come to learn about all aspects of GPS tracking. Make sure to follow our blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn too – we’ll be posting daily updates!

Who We Are

In case this is your first visit to our site, here’s what Alpha GPS Tracking is all about:

We’ve been around since 2007, and our mandate is to provide you with the right solutions to your GPS tracking needs.

What kinds of needs?

Things like:

  • Keeping your kids safe
  • Making sure your elderly loved one is safe
  • Locating your stolen vehicle
  • Monitoring your fleet of vehicles and drivers
  • A lot more!

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Hate blog posts that ramble with no real purpose? We do too! You won’t find any of that here. What you will find are all the latest bits from the GPS tracking world. Our content aims to please our readers – that’s you!

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