Rotondo Was Right – His GPS plan pays dividends

Many months ago when Councillor George Rotondo requested that the city install surveillance devices and GPS tracking devices to stop the theft of city property from the Department of Public Works (DPW) city yard, he was ridiculed, and in some quarters, demonized.

Last week, even his detractors conceded that had it not been for Rotondo’s request for surveillance and tracking devices at the city yard, and the City Council’s subsequent approval of that request, that another grand theft at the city yard might have gone unsolved.

Last week, a longtime DPW employee was arrested and charged with numerous felonies related to evidence that he stole 1,000-1,500 metal signs from the city yard sign shop.

To their credit, the Revere Police conducted a fast and thorough investigation. The police said they were able to break the case because increased security had been implemented in the yard and some video and GPS records made tracking the perpetrator that much easier.

Michael Ferragamo, a 22-year veteran of the DPW, was arrested and released on bail.

He has resigned from his position on the DPW.

As a matter of good public policy, it turns out that Rotondo’s insistence on added security has already paid benefits.

Added security, it turns out, isn’t able to stop theft at the city yard yet. but it has led to solving crimes against the taxpayers of this city.

8 comments for “Rotondo Was Right – His GPS plan pays dividends

  1. Rik
    June 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    good job theft takes many forms. I bet if the muni vehicles were tracked one would find is that they are stealing from the time clock as well

  2. Rik
    June 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

    good job theft takes many forms. I bet if the muni vehicles were tracked one would find is that they are stealing from the time clock as well

  3. June 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Unbelievable – yet, very believable. This kind of thing happens every day. With GPS trackers being so affordable and easy to install, it doesn’t make sense NOT to implement a tracking strategy. Our company works with both large and small scale organizations to take the guess work out of the “where” and “when” of their employees. – Lorie, foxtraxgps.com/ft

  4. June 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Unbelievable – yet, very believable. This kind of thing happens every day. With GPS trackers being so affordable and easy to install, it doesn’t make sense NOT to implement a tracking strategy. Our company works with both large and small scale organizations to take the guess work out of the “where” and “when” of their employees. – Lorie, foxtraxgps.com/ft

  5. Voter
    June 25, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    So now why doesn’t the City of REVERE demand that city councillors show orginal receipts for their so called expense account reimbursements amounting to thousands of dollars a year?

  6. Voter
    June 25, 2009 at 8:01 am

    So now why doesn’t the City of REVERE demand that city councillors show orginal receipts for their so called expense account reimbursements amounting to thousands of dollars a year?

  7. November 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

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  8. November 30, 2009 at 6:45 am

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