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Securing convictions in Colorado

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A home-invasion-burglary crime spree in Colorado ended abruptly when police arrested a 27-year-old male at one of the crime scenes. The burglaries, in which over $120,000 worth of cash, electronics and jewelry were stolen, soon become international news as the offender was wearing a SecureAlert GPS monitoring device, but committed the crimes anyway.

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SecureAlert Selected by Chile for Multi-Year Electronic Monitoring Contract

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electronic monitoring contractSecureAlert has been awarded a 41 month government contract with Chile’s Gendarmerie, the nation’s uniformed prison service, to provide offender tracking, monitoring and public safety services.

The award follows a thorough competitive review by Chile’s Ministry of Justice, which considered all available technologies for an electronic monitoring program designed to alleviate prison overcrowding while ensuring compliance among domestic violence, pre-trial and early release offenders. SecureAlert was chosen in large part because of the company’s proven ability to monitor high-risk offenders through its innovative tracking solutions and real-time monitoring programs.

Under the agreement, SecureAlert will deliver and put into service up to 9,400 electronic monitoring devices over a three-year period. In addition, the company will also initiate real-time monitoring and data centers, to be staffed by Chilean government employees, and will provide ongoing training and support to maintain the program’s full effectiveness.

GPS Monitoring Technologies and Domestic Violence: An Evaluation Study

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Edna Erez, LL.B., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Peter R. Ibarra, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
William D. Bales, Ph.D., Florida State University
Oren M. Gur, M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

June 2012

This project was supported by Grant No. 2007-IJ-CX-0016 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and U.S. Department of Justice.

This study examines the implementation of Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring technology in enforcing court mandated “no contact” orders in domestic violence (DV) cases, particularly those involving intimate partner violence (IPV).

The research also addresses the effectiveness of GPS as a form of pretrial supervision, as compared to other conditions in which defendants are placed.

The results indicate an increase in agencies’ use of GPS technology for DV cases since 1996, primarily to enhance victim safety and defendant supervision.

The study also examined the impact of GPS technology on DV defendants’ program violations and re-arrests during the pretrial period and on re-arrests during a one-year follow-up period after case disposition.

  • The results indicate that GPS has an impact on the behavior of program enrollees over both short and long terms.
  • Examination of the short-term impact of GPS enrollment shows it is associated with practically no contact attempts.
  • Furthermore, defendants enrolled in GPS monitoring have fewer program violations compared to those placed in traditional electronic monitoring (EM) that utilizes radio frequency (RF) technology (i.e. remotely monitored and under house arrest, but without tracking).
  • GPS tracking increases defendants’ compliance with program rules compared to those who are monitored but not tracked.
  • Defendants enrolled in the program had a lower probability of being rearrested for a DV offense during the one-year follow-up period, as compared to defendants who had been in a non-GPS condition (e.g., in jail, in an RF program, or released on bond without supervision).
  • Those placed on GPS had a lower likelihood of arrest for any criminal violation within the one-year follow-up period.
  • An examination of the relationship between GPS and legal outcomes revealed similar conviction rates for defendants on GPS and those who remained in jail during the pretrial period.
  • Further, a comparison of conviction rates for GPS and RF defendants found a significant difference – with GPS defendants being likelier to be convicted as compared to RF defendants; also higher for GPS defendants compared to defendants released on bond without supervision, suggesting that defendants’ participation in GPS increases the likelihood of conviction.

The final component of the study is a qualitative investigation with stakeholders in domestic violence cases – victims, defendants and criminal justice personnel.

  • Victims largely felt that having defendants on GPS during the pretrial period provided relief from the kind of abuse suffered prior to GPS, although they noted problems and concerns with how agencies and courts apply GPS technology.
  • Benefits of GPS enrollment for defendants included protecting them from false accusations, providing added structure to their lives, and enabling them to envision futures for themselves without the victim.

SecureAlert continues expansion strategy with acquisition of Emerge Monitoring

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Second acquisition this year enhances SecureAlert technology portfolio with advanced R.A.D.A.R. real-time alcohol detection and recognition system

SANDY, UTAH (June 3, 2014) – SecureAlert (SCRA: OTC-US), a global tracking and electronic monitoring services company, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Emerge Monitoring, Inc. from BFC Surety Group, a subsidiary of privately-held Bankers Financial Corporation, for $7.36 million in cash. Founded in 2009, Emerge provides proprietary offender monitoring technologies and related solutions to empower the criminal justice community with proven alternatives to incarceration.

Further details regarding the Emerge Monitoring acquisition are contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K, filed by SecureAlert with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on June 3, 2014.

“Emerge marks the second major acquisition this year in SecureAlert’s plan to establish international market leadership by aggregating the best electronic monitoring technologies, manufacturing resources, R&D capabilities and executive talent,” said SecureAlert Chairman Guy Dubois. “Our acquisition of GPS Global and now Emerge Monitoring are important milestones in our expansion strategy, which will establish SecureAlert as an industry leader uniquely able to create new value for both our stakeholders and the communities we serve.”

Based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, Emerge is nationally recognized for its unique and patented R.A.D.A.R. – which stands for Real-Time Alcohol Detection and Recognition – system, a small hand-held device that combines GPS and biometric technology to instantaneously confirm both who is holding the device and whether that person has been consuming alcohol. Unlike competitors’ machines that are placed in a person’s home or are worn on the body and provide only delayed results, R.A.D.A.R. sends a vibrating signal requiring the offender to submit a breath test at that particular moment, anywhere in the world. Results are communicated to corrections officers in real-time and with actionable information.

Emerge’s Derek Cassell, Executive Vice President, and Jim Walker, Vice President of Sales, bring to SecureAlert a combined 40 years of industry experience in electronic monitoring, corrections and criminal justice. Cassell and Walker will spearhead post-merger integration of product and service lines. Emerge currently has 35 full-time employees, with a regional office in Indianapolis.

“Joining together shifts Emerge’s expansion into overdrive,” said Cassell. “As SecureAlert, we now have research and development capabilities, manufacturing infrastructure, international access and most importantly an experienced team that is fully committed to achieving market leadership through growth.”

“The fusing together of SecureAlert, GPS Global and now Emerge is going to have a significant impact on shaping the direction of the electronic monitoring industry,” Walker added. “The innovations and technologies offered by these companies are head and shoulder above any others.”

In March, the company acquired Israel-based GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance, Ltd., which in addition to expanding SecureAlert’s multi-national customer base established a significant R&D presence in a nation well-known for its many entrepreneurial innovations in technology, electronics and security systems.

About SecureAlert

SecureAlert provides offender electronic monitoring solutions that combine sophisticated tracking technologies with around-the-clock monitoring and intervention capabilities. The company’s patented offender monitoring technology with its many unique features integrates GPS, radio frequency (RF) and three-way interactive voice communications to create a single solution that can be deployed effectively and cost-efficiently almost anywhere in the world.

The company’s electronic monitoring solutions meet the complex needs of law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation organizations in support of any juvenile or adult defendant, offender or parolee program – offering each an accountable way to avoid incarceration while providing greater public safety for less cost than imprisonment or work-release supervision alternatives. SecureAlert’s steadily expanding prominence as emerging industry leader is underscored by the company’s recent acquisition of Israel-based GPS Global (www.gpsglobal.com).

SecureAlert company headquarters are located at 150 West Civic Center Drive, Suite 400, Sandy, Utah 84070. To learn more, please call (801) 451-6141 or send an email to info@trackgroup.com. Visit SecureAlert online at www.securealert.com.

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This press release from SecureAlert (Company) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including future growth and earnings opportunities of the Company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to promptly satisfy orders and other economic, competitive, governmental, technological, regulatory, manufacturing and marketing risks associated with the Company’s business and financial plans. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in the Company’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SecureAlert names John Merrill as new Chief Financial Executive

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R.A.D.A.R. Emerge Monitoring

The Real-Time Alcohol Detection and Recognition (R.A.D.A.R.) system unit instantly confirms to corrections officers both who is holding the device and if that person has consumed alcohol. SecureAlert adds R.A.D.A.R. to its line of industry-best electronic monitoring solutions with the acquisition of Emerge Monitoring.

SANDY, UTAH (April 24, 2014) – SecureAlert (SCRA: OTC-US), a global tracking and electronic monitoring services company, announced that veteran corporate executive John Merrill will join the company as its new Chief Financial Officer, replacing Chad Olsen who has announced his resignation in order to pursue other interests.

“During his 13 years with the company, Chad played an integral role in helping SecureAlert become a leader in the increasingly competitive international market for electronic monitoring technology and services,” said SecureAlert Director and Chairman of its Compensation Committee, Dan Mabey. “We expect him to play an equally vital role in his next venture, and thank Chad for ensuring a successful transition of the company’s CFO responsibilities to Mr. Merrill.”

Reporting to Guy Dubois, SecureAlert’s Chairman, Mr. Merrill will oversee all aspects of SecureAlert’s financial reporting, compliance, regulatory and treasurer function for SecureAlert and its subsidiaries. Concurrently, he will also assume the role of SecureAlert Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer.

In addition to his position at SecureAlert, Mr. Merrill also serves as Chief Financial Officer for TenXNetworks and IPVidTech.com, a network intelligence provider of both hardware and services. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Merrill worked as an advisor in the healthcare technology industry facilitating both due diligence and integration of certain acquired companies. Prior to 2010, Mr. Merrill was the Chief Financial Officer of Park City Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCYG) and Prescient Applied Intelligence, Inc. (OTC: PPID), software-as-a-service providers of supply chain solutions for both retailers and their suppliers. Throughout his career, Mr. Merrill has held various financial roles within the broadcasting, sports marketing and retail industries. He began his career with KPMG and holds a Bachelors and a Master’s in Accounting from the University of South Florida.

“As evidenced by our recent acquisition of Israel-based GPS Global, SecureAlert is poised for continued expansion in the global electronic monitoring marketplace,” said Mr. Dubois. “Having Mr. Merrill join our senior executive management team will give SecureAlert the benefit of his insights and skills, earned from his significant experience across many technology platforms and markets.”

About SecureAlert

SecureAlert markets and deploys offender monitoring solutions that combine tracking technologies with fulltime 24/7/365 monitoring and intervention capabilities. The company delivers patented offender monitoring technology that effectively integrates GPS, Radio Frequency (RF) and three-way interactive voice communications in a single, globally-deployable solution with features that are unique in the industry. SecureAlert empowers professionals in law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation organizations with monitoring programs for juvenile and adult defendants and offenders. These programs offer convicted offenders and pre-trial defendants an accountable opportunity to be free from incarceration while providing greater public safety at lower costs than imprisonment or more labor-intensive supervision alternatives. The company is based at 150 West Civic Center Drive, Suite 400, Sandy, Utah 84070. To learn more, please call (801) 451-6141, or send an email to info@trackgrp.com. Visit SecureAlert online at www.trackgrp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release from SecureAlert (Company) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including future growth and earnings opportunities of the Company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to promptly satisfy orders and other economic, competitive, governmental, technological, regulatory, manufacturing and marketing risks associated with the Company’s business and financial plans. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in the Company’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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SecureAlert continues expansion with acquisition of Israel-based GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd.

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SANDY, Utah (March 18, 2014) – SecureAlert (SCRA: OTC-US), a global tracking and electronic monitoring services company, announced today that it has agreed to acquire GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. (GPS Global), a privately-held technology research, development and services company based in Kfar Saba, Israel, a suburb of Tel Aviv. GPS Global brings to SecureAlert a suite of innovative technology solutions and services for locating, tracking, tracing, monitoring and surveillance of offenders, vehicles, facilities and human resources. In addition to expanding its global presence, SecureAlert gains a significant R&D presence in a nation well-known for its many entrepreneurial innovations in technology, electronics and security systems.

Closing of the acquisition is expected on or about April 1, 2014, subject to conditions, representations and warranties customary in transactions of this type. Further details regarding the GPS Global acquisition are contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K, filed by SecureAlert with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on March 18, 2014.

Founded in 2007, GPS Global’s advanced technology and software are the foundation for some of the most efficient and precise location, tracking, monitoring and surveillance technology solutions offered in the fast-growing worldwide monitoring industry. SecureAlert plans to capitalize on GPS Global’s success and the country’s considerable R&D resources by locating development of its next-generation product in Israel.

“We evaluated many successful companies as acquisition candidates to launch our expansion strategy, which in turn will accelerate SecureAlert’s progress toward establishing a strong leadership position in the evolving electronic monitoring industry,” said SecureAlert Chairman Guy Dubois. “GPS Global brings considerable and immediate value to SecureAlert by virtue of its seasoned management team, Israel-based R&D capabilities and extensive business connections across many international markets.”

GPS Global’s owner and Chairman Eli Sabag served as an officer in an elite Israeli Defense Forces unit, and has many years of experience in providing premium security and investigation services to corporate, institutional and private clients around the world. Mr. Sabag will spearhead SecureAlert’s business development in Europe, Asia and other markets outside the Americas. He will also lead consolidation of SecureAlert’s R&D efforts at its Israel facilities.

“We are excited for GPS Global to become a part of SecureAlert, and to use our combined talents and resources to propel the world’s most innovative electronic monitoring technologies into expansive new markets,” said Mr. Sabag. “Together we expect to develop and introduce a new generation of cost-efficient, high-end solutions to meet the needs of thousands of government agencies and businesses of all sizes.”

About SecureAlert

SecureAlert markets and deploys offender monitoring solutions that combine tracking technologies with 24/7/365 monitoring and intervention capabilities. The company delivers patented offender monitoring technology that effectively integrates GPS, Radio Frequency (RF) and three-way interactive voice communications in a single, globally-deployable solution with features unique in the industry. SecureAlert empowers professionals in law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation organizations with monitoring programs for juvenile and adult defendants and offenders. These programs offer convicted offenders and pre-trial defendants an accountable opportunity to be free from incarceration while providing greater public safety at lower costs than imprisonment or more labor-intensive supervision alternatives. The company is based at 150 West Civic Center Drive, Suite 400, Sandy, Utah 84070. To learn more, please call (801) 451-6141, or send an email to info@trackgrp.com. Visit SecureAlert online at www.trackgrp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release from SecureAlert (Company) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including future growth and earnings opportunities of the Company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to promptly satisfy orders and other economic, competitive, governmental, technological, regulatory, manufacturing and marketing risks associated with the Company’s business and financial plans. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in the Company’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.