A 12-year-old girl was spending a lot of time after school in online chat rooms and met someone claiming to also be a “teenage girl.” They become good friends and their conversations move from the online chat rooms to the messaging app, Kik. Her parents, who monitor her smartphone and iPad activity, are curious about this new friend they have never met. They are especially concerned when they see messages from the “teenage girl” asking their daughter to meet at their local park without telling her parents.
The parents contact local law enforcement and provide them with the Kik messages. The messages are given to the ICAC Task Force. The message contents match a current suspected child predator in an active case they are currently working. The ICAC Task Force serves a warrant on the suspect’s home. At the home, an unlocked Android smartphone belonging to the suspect is found.
Task Force officers have been trained and certified to use Mobilyze. One of the officers securely acquires the Android. During the live acquisition, Mobilyze allows the officer to view messages, photos, geolocations, and other items of evidentiary value. While reviewing messages sent via Kik, the messages sent to the 12-year-old girl requesting the meeting alone in park are located.
Using Mobilyze, the ICAC Task Force preserved incriminating evidence. The phone was unlocked when it was found at the scene. If it had been collected for later processing, the device would have locked, possibly preventing acquisition. Without the need for in-depth training, the officers quickly gained vital intelligence in their case against a suspected child predator.
Officers can be trained to use Mobilyze by completing the 90-minute certified training online, allowing them to collect and analyze mobile device data in any setting.
Using Mobilyze to collect information on mobile devices in any setting.
Many circumstances, especially when children are involved, require immediate collection of mobile devices.
Front-line officers and investigators, trained to use Mobilyze, collect and analyze data immediately, regardless of the location.