New service helps keep tabs on those who tend to wander

A company that tracks stolen cars is offering to help find people with a tendency to wander.

LoJack now has a service to track those with conditions such as autism, Alzheimer’s or Down syndrome who may become lost.

Mayor Michael Nutter said the first 1,500 people who sign up can try the service called “Safety Net” for free.

“The city has already had success with finding people outfitted with the safety net devices (who) then wandered from their caregivers,” said Nutter. “With this new initiative, more people will have the ability to take advantage of this technology.”

Those using the service wear a bracelet that can be firmly secured. It requires new batteries every 30 days.

Mike Tuckerman decided to get the service after his one of his two autistic sons wandered away from home.

“They wear transmitters. It’s like a bracelet, it’s like a watch almost,” said Tuckerman. “It’s a great sense of relief knowing that backup is there.”

For those who don’t sign up in time to get the service for free, it will cost $30 per month.

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