Ne’er-do-wells be warned: police are more than capable of using cellphone records to track criminal activity. While some criminals may think that the police can’t use things like cellphones’ GPS data to track them, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With the right warrants, police can pull your entire cellphone history.
Everything from text messages to call recordings to GPS movement can be used in court to build a case if police have the right warrants. For instance, in murder cases, the prosecution has been known to use someone’s cellphone, which was in their pocket at the time, to place them at the crime scene via its GPS signal.
Of course, there’s a simple solution to this issue. Just don’t bring your phone with you when you’re committing crimes! However, as one might anticipate, criminals aren’t often the smartest people, and they rarely, if ever, realize the mistakes they’re making that could lead to their capture.