Hillsborough County, FL - October 22, 2010 - On Wednesday afternoon, a 75-year-old male resident of Hillsborough County who has Alzheimer’s disease went out for a walk with his wife, went missing and did not return home. Upon realizing that he was missing, his wife immediately called 911 and informed the dispatcher that the missing person was enrolled in SafetyNet by LoJack, a service that enables public safety agencies to more quickly find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost. The service is comprised of the SafetyNet Bracelet worn by a client that emits Radio Frequency signals, which can be tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.
Upon receiving the call, the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) dispatcher immediately accessed the SafetyNet database, obtained the missing man’s unique Radio Frequency number, as well as his photograph and physical description. This information was given to the office’s trained officials for use in their ground and aviation units. Within only 30 minutes, ground units equipped with LoJack Search and Rescue Receivers picked up a signal from the missing man’s bracelet, which was radioed to the already in-flight HCSO helicopter. The helicopter picked up a strong signal and within minutes, spotted the missing man walking along the street several blocks from his Valrico, Florida home. The air unit radioed the man’s location to ground units, which rescued the man who was later returned home unharmed.
This is the second rescue made by HCSO using SafetyNet’s technology and equipment. The SafetyNet service, which has been available to residents in Hillsborough County since September 2009, provides peace of mind to caregivers of people at risk of wandering by using the most effective technology available today for public safety agencies.
About LoJack Corporation
LoJack Corporation, the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market more than 25 years ago, is the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles-having recovered nearly $4 billion USD in stolen assets worldwide. In today's rapidly changing world, LoJack's core competencies are more valuable and more relevant than ever as they are now being applied into new areas, such as the prevention, detection and recovery of stolen cargo and finding and rescuing people with cognitive conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's.
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