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New Technology Aimed At Curbing Domestic Violence In Oconee County

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Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he's seen it happen before an abuser out on bond who once again goes after his victim. 

"As sheriff it's our duty to make sure the victims are protected," Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw will be asking judges to make new ankle monitoring devices a condition of bond for all repeat offenders in domestic violence cases. It's not your typical tracking device it works using cell phone service and satellites.

The devices are supplied by a company called DCT Detection 

"If you have an Internet connection you can go on and see where the offender is up to date second by second," Dale Colegrove with DCT Detection said.

We asked the company what happens if the offender slips out of the monitor.

"If the strap is cut the way the technology is it instantly notifies us by text or email that there has been a violation that occurred with the monitor itself," Colegrove said.

Becky Callaham with Safe Harbor believes keeping track of offenders could convince more victims to come forward.

"If we create an environment where victims do feel like someone is taking them seriously where someone will help them and someone will keep them safe then they will report," Callaham said.

Crenshaw says this new technology may be extended to other offenders as well.

"For that repeat property crime offender who continuously breaks into homes because of a drug addiction we want them on ankle monitoring . We do hope to expand it into other types of crimes," Crenshaw said.

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