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LoJack SafetyNet service debuts in Boston

Posted Jan 26 2011 8:20pm

Safety is a big issue in the autism community. The IACC recently added a Safety Subcommittee and is working on a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius on safety.

So when the Boston Globe put up a story, LoJack SafetyNet service debuts in Boston , I had to check it out. The piece is incredibly short, so, with apologies to The Globe, here it is:

A subsidiary of LoJack Corp., the Westwood company specializing in stolen vehicle recovery systems, announced the Boston availability of its SafetyNet service, which is designed to help quickly find people with autism and Alzheimer’s disease who sometimes wander off.

People with those illnesses are equipped with a SafetyNet Bracelet, typically worn about the wrist or ankle, LoJack SafetyNet Inc., the LoJack Corp., subsidiary, said in a press release. The bracelets emit a radio frequency signal that enables the police to track people if they go missing. The service also provides public safety agencies with the tools and training needed to use SafetyNet effectively, the company added.

“In Massachusetts, statistics show that there are approximately 10,000 school aged children with autism and an estimated 120,000 people with Alzheimer’s,” Kathy Kelleher, vice president of LoJack SafetyNet, said in a statement. “We’re very proud to offer this service, which can provide caregivers with additional peace of mind about protecting their loved ones.”

The SafetyNet service is already available in some other parts of Massachusetts, the company said.

SafetyNet’s website is here . I can’t find a cost for this right now, but I did find this statement on their website:

Thank you for your interest in SafetyNet™ by LoJack®, the leading solution for protecting and rescuing people at risk who wander or become lost. In order to qualify for enrollment in the SafetyNet Service, the client you wish to enroll must have a cognitive condition such as autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s or dementia that puts them at risk of wandering or becoming lost.

In addition, the individual must be under care twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Care may include supervision by a caregiver, guardian, family member or school system.

If the client meets these criteria, please press the tab below to continue

  1. jr:
    Below is one of my favorite autism stories of 2010. http://www.wickedlocal.com/quincy/news/x1000985923/Bracelet-program-helps-Quincy-police-recover-autistic-boy-from-the-ocean (Quincy is just south of Boston) It seems that in this case, while the monitoring system is getting a lot of the credit, the training of a local officer seems to have been very important in this rescue. The officer knew the child, and was aware of an interest with water. From what I understand, typically the bracelet stays on 24/7, and the battery is changed monthly by an officer or other person who administers the program. That simple interaction of getting the bracelet battery changed may create an important personal connection between public safety and the people served by the program.
  2. Jeremy:
    I'm a representative of SafetyNet. To address your question about cost, it is $99 to enroll and $30 a month for an individual to participate in the service.
  3. Sullivan:
    Jeremy, thanks for commenting here. I appreciate the information.

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