Technology that locates stolen vehicles now finds missing people

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Technology That Locates Stolen Vehicles Now Finds Missing People

(WCVB) -- It's every parent's nightmare: A missing child. Compounded by the fact that the child has special needs and can't communicate.

Nearby woods, the ocean and forest seem attractive to a child that can quickly become deadly.

Canton, Mass., based LoJack is best known for recovering stolen cars. The company has taken the same technology and put it in a bracelet called SafetyNet.

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A hand held antenna pinpoints the exact location. It's not impacted by weather or even if the person is hiding -- something that often happens with young children.

A conventional search can cost hundreds of thousands dollars requiring additional personnel, vehicles, search dogs, even helicopters.

For those that can pay: SafetyNet is about $330 a year. But Marshfield -- like several other Massachusetts communities -- have found it so cost effective they will get it to those in need for free.

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