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If criminals don't want their cellphones tracked they should stop committing crimes

Regarding your recent editorial on the privacy issues raised by police tracking suspects through their cellphone numbers, I would gladly give up some of my personal privacy if law enforcement were allowed to locate and arrest criminals before they do me or my family harm ("The police are snooping," Nov. 20).

If a criminal objects to having his cell phone tracked, all he has to do is get rid of it — or perhaps just stop committing crimes.

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I view tracking a criminal's cell phone as similar to taking fingerprints or DNA samples at a crime scene without the criminal's prior approval. All three are closely related since they belong to the same lawbreaker.

Life is more complicated than it was 50-years ago, and today's criminals possess a greater potential for death and destruction than ever before.

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I can understand people who cheat on their spouses or in their business not wanting to have their whereabouts known. But if a tracking device were available, maybe such people, along with the criminals among us, wouldn't engage in the harmful behaviors likely to get them in trouble in the first place.

Ron Walker, Baltimore

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