Tracking devices that can find lost children - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Tracking devices that can find lost children

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Many children with autism or Down syndrome, or even people with Alzheimer's, have a way of staying connected if they get lost. There's a tracking device that comes as a bracelet and it can quickly find your missing family member. 

This could be one of those "ah ha" moments for parents who have a special needs child and worries about them getting lost. Unfortunately not all families are aware of "Project Lifesaver." 

Chesterfield County offers adults and children who wander due to a disability this "life saver" bracelet.

It's small and it's light in weight - and if you qualify...for $50 - you get the bracelet, a home battery detector and a monthly visit from police to make sure the device is in working order. 

"So if they wander off and they can't verbally communicate with someone, emergency personnel essential information – name, address, phone number, they would qualify for the program," said Corporal Mike Catron. 

The device has a detection range of up to a mile if you're searching from the ground. And if you're searching from the air...there is another system that can track the device from up to 3 miles away. 

There are 47 participants in Chesterfield County with the bracelet - half of whom are autistic children. And if your child or elderly family member does not qualify, there are GPS devices you can buy. 

For example the "Garmin GTU10". This type of device would be ideal to slip into your child's backpack or even a pocket, it's a GPS device so it should track anywhere in the world. 

You can even put up a geographical fence that'll alert a parent if a child, dog, or car has crossed its boundaries. 

"You can actually alert as many friends and family as you like and you can have as many of these units on one account," said Ben Stockton. 

There's also "The Spot" - with buttons tracking where you are of if you're in trouble. It also has the option that can guarantee a successful rescue. 

There are other devices you can buy on line. But experts say, do your research and make sure your family member keep the devices on them at all times.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:10:16 GMT
    KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:31:33 GMT

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>
  • Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:26:19 GMT

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly