15 crimes to solve with the help of Google Earth
When Google launched Earth and Street View project, it was a new level of mapping services, with which you can easily "moved" anywhere in the world and considered her pictures taken with unusually high resolution. The information is regularly updated and therefore makes it possible to keep abreast of and find a lot of interesting, funny and even sinister. There have been cases when in such a way to solve crimes!
15. tax evasion on Italian
One enterprising Italian sold his villa in Sardinia and wanted to cheat. He said the tax office that sold the property for just 280,000 euros. Tax officials have suspected something was wrong and decided to look more closely at the villa on Google Earth. When they saw the size of it, as well as a fantastic place where it was located, then immediately we realized that there was something wrong. It turned out that the real sales price was so great that the owner was required to pay taxes for 7 million euros.
14. Sex in public places in English
This cute couple was caught under a bridge in the city of Manchester in the most inopportune moment. It is unclear whether this relationship is the result of a deep mutual affection, or a business deal, but for sure it was a gross violation of public order. However, the attackers managed to escape from justice. We do not recommend to repeat a similar - because Google Street View does not sleep!
13. Agriculture Swedish
Corn field seems - the perfect place to hide something illegal because corn - common agricultural crops and no one would suspect, if you suddenly decide to plant your plot it ... However, the Swedish police somehow I investigated the case and searched using Google Earth is one house with only a partial description. And next to the house turned out a field that the top did not look so innocent, how the earth: in the midst of the conventional corn could easily notice the green marijuana plantation area of 2 acres. As a result, a large police operation 16 people and seized 1, 2 tons of marijuana were arrested.
12. The Canadian Felling of trees
In some countries, certain types of felling trees without authorization is illegal. Here, for example, what happened in Vancouver (Canada). hostess portion, which grew more than 20 cedar and cypress, decided to dispose of them. And he appeared in court on charges of illegal logging - the benefit of evidence from Google Street View was rife. There were also pictures of trees before felling, and pictures of fresh stumps, where they were made directly in the day, when the trees are cut down, and the photograph was even a truck, in which workers arrived.
11. The Greek Unauthorized construction
In order to build a swimming pool at home, residents of Athens (Greece) are required to obtain prior authorization. The authorities believed that about 300 illegally built private swimming pools in the rich suburbs, but for the time being nothing can be done. When the problems began in the country's economy, the government has established a special service that has started to check property for the presence of unauthorized constructions by using Google Earth. It was discovered that in fact illegally built swimming pools in the backyards is not 300, and about 17 000. And it's not just pools that people were building an extension and even the whole house without any approvals. Well, the state has had a chance to somehow improve their plight, all violators fined.
10. in English Automobile theft
In 2010, in Derbyshire (UK) in broad daylight, stole a car - right in the house of its owner. These things happen all the time and find the hijackers can be extremely rare. But in this case to catch the offender helped Google Street View: a year after the hijacking updated pictures terrain. Incredibly, they captured appeared the very moment when the thief was preparing for the hijacking! After some time, the perpetrator was found and arrested.
9. Gardening in American
A resident of Wisconsin (USA), was arrested by the police when he found 18 pounds (8 kg) of marijuana. Unfortunately for men, it is able to produce not only storage. It turned out that on the neck he wears a GPS-device, and when the police checked the coordinates of those points where he went, very quickly came to the place where he grew marijuana. So he brought all that can be said on a silver platter.
8. Murder on the lake in Dutch
This puzzle has been solved at once and a while fired the Internet. Wandering through Google Earth, a user found something that looked like the scene of a terrible crime. Lake, pier and someone leaning over the dark figure on the pier this is clearly a bad intentions. As well as a number of something like a blood trail, which stretches from the coast. The photograph was taken at the city park in the city of Almere (Netherlands). Fortunately, the mystery was soon solved: a dark figure was a dog that jumped into the lake and swam to shore, and then ran back to his master, standing on the pier. "Blood" was also spray water on a wooden platform. Well, all's well that ends well.
7. Suicide in American
A resident of Michigan (USA) David Lee Niles went missing in 2006 and his family was inconsolable. They had no idea where he could go, and thought he had never recognized. But a few years later, a man dressed up a very tall tree on the street near the lake and noticed a strange shape on the bottom that looked like the outline of the car. With the help of Google Earth could confirm this conjecture. The car pulled out, there were the remains of David Lee Niles, his keys and wallet. David was terminally ill and apparently decided to commit suicide.
6. Hang in Brooklynese
At first glance, this picture looks completely innocuous: just three guy stopped to talk in front of the shop on a Brooklyn street, which in itself is not a crime. But the police are interested in this picture, because on it three known drug dealers. And what do they have forgotten in this place? It was decided to install surveillance and it soon became clear that this is one of their regular points. As a result, police were able to conduct a special operation and arrested several members of a large criminal group, thus making the streets of New York a little cleaner.
5. maniac with an ax on the Scottish
Another example, when we do not see what's really going on. Those who in 2014 would have looked in the Google Street View of the surroundings Giles Street in Leith (Scotland), would be shocked. They would have seen a man who pursues a mad maniac with an ax. The following screenshot pursued already lying on the ground after the attack. In fact no crime in this case was not, though vigilant citizens sent these photographs to the police. It turned out that two mechanic noticed Google car and decided to have some fun, razygryv whole scene. Fortunately, the police humor, too, was not a stranger.
4. Greed in American
One of the owner of the boat in Florida (USA) was charged with the fact that he left his boat in the wrong place and not pay a fee ($ 18). And we found him with the help of Google Earth: just compared the images with other marinas in the area, found that same boat and found the owner's name. Man arrested, presented a fine of $ 5 000 and 5-year sentence if convicted in court. It would be better to pay 18 bucks.
3. Hospitality in Detroit
In Detroit (United States) Google Street View car is not met as friendly as in other places. These young gangsters were clearly unhappy, and one is immediately pulled out a gun and started to aim the car. Unfortunately, to bring him for such behavior can not be responsible, because he has the right to carry weapons on its territory. And his uncle was arrested, but later released. This house at all bad history: a year ago, there was found dead year-old girl locked in the closet, and her family insisted that it was an accident. But judging by the inhabitants of the house, in this hard to believe.
2. Robbery in Oklahoma City
A resident of Oklahoma City, experienced a severe shock when her home raided a gang of robbers. She was held at gunpoint for over an hour, until the thieves ransacked the house in search of valuables. Then they managed to escape, leaving no clues and the case would be a complete "visyak" if not Google Street View! After a while, after the Google update, it appears that the pictures were coming out of the house female robbers. Although three years have passed since the commission of the crime, the police were able to start collecting data on suspects, do identikits and declare these people wanted.
1. The Dutch bicycle theft
This is probably the most famous case, when justice is done through Google Street View. In 14-year-old boy in the Netherlands thugs in broad daylight brazenly robbed the bike, phone and money. Police six months could not find any clues, until the guy, to my surprise, did not see myself on the bike on photos taken Google. Surprisingly, the pictures were taken right before the robbery, and they were two thieves, approaching the boy. They were twin brothers, well-known thief, is not just fall into the police. They were arrested and imprisoned. Here's a happy ending for the 14-year-old, who thought that his attackers had no one to punish.