Using trackers to keep kids safe

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 9:35pm

It's inevitable. Kids will wander, may run off in a flash, and leave mom, dad or a caregiver a frantic mess. But, keeping a watchful eye on your little one can be a difficult task.

"We have chased him through snow and rain” says Chris Lacey, referring to her 9-year-old son, Sam, who has autism.

Sam wears a tracker on his ankle. He also has a medical I.D. on his wrist.

"Without that we have nothing” says Lacey.

Sadly, the number of missing person's cases continues to rise. Many of these cases involve children, which is why parents, like Lacey, rely on a tracking device to keep loved ones safe.

"It's one of those things, if you lost your child, you'd never forgive yourself” she says.

There are a few things to consider, if you're thinking about getting a tracker for your child.

First, you'll generally find two types of trackers. The type of tracker Lacey uses on Sam involves radio-frequency. It's the same technology used to track wildlife. Another option, becoming more popular these days, is a tracker that uses GPS. While GPS trackers can be linked to your phone or computer, they also can be quite expensive.

You can find trackers just about anywhere online, including on Amazon.

Whether you opt to invest in tracker or not, the best advice Lacey can offer for parents is to plan ahead. “Parents and caregivers need to plan ahead and think throughout these scenarios, make relationships with their first responders, so they can be ready in the event of an emergency” she says.

To learn more about the type of tracking device that Lacey's family uses, head to:

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