Personal GPS Trackers Could Help Missing Children
Children and adults go missing every day in every state in the US. In 2007 a grand total of 814,957 people were registered as missing. It is projected that in 2010 that number will rise to over 1,000,000. Approximately 50% of missing persons cases in the US are juveniles (that is, children under 18). 65% are under the age of 20. Yearly, about 10% of these cases go unsolved. Yes, ten percent of babies, children, teens, and adults never return home. These startling statistics lead us to the question: what can be done about this massive problem?
Strides have recently been taken to promote the use of GPS tracking to locate missing persons. Using cell phones and other hidden portable devices, GPS tracking systems can be easily implemented by searching law officials. As long as the device is on or carried by the missing person, such live tracking enables trackers to pinpoint the precise location of an individual. The provided coordinates make detection and retrieval surprisingly simple.
In January of 2009, nine-year-old Natalie Maltais disappeared without a trace. After being taken from her home by a vengeful grandmother, her guardians, family, and friends had no idea where she was and no idea of how to find her. For days this beautiful child was missing. Police tried everything they could, and finally, after some brilliant law officials put their heads together, she was discovered. To what does this fortunate young woman owe her life? GPS monitoring technology. Officials used the coordinates provided by AT&T (achieved through tracking GPS in her cell phone) to discover the child’s location and to quickly and safely recover her.
Somer Thompson of Jacksonville, Florida, however, was not so fortunate. While walking home from school one day, she was abducted. Two days later she was found dead in a landfill, thrown away by the attacker who was finished with her. This seven-year-old’s family was understandably devastated. No real time GPS tracker system was present to provide those searching for her with information. The police could only guess at her location and searched blindly for a child who would never be found.
So can satellite tracking really work? Well, ask yourself this question: if you are the parent of a child what are you willing to do to protect her from becoming a statistic? This year 500,000 children will go missing. GPS monitoring could literally be the difference between life and death. You decide.