Are you or your family more likely to become a missing person?

I  began creating a database of the circumstances related to the disappearance of a person when I began to see a pattern.

Because I not only report on MP’s, I also track and report when they are found, I began to see where some people and/or circumstances were similar.   Many of the MP’s were all doing the same thing when they went missing and/or were coming from a similar background.   

So, I have narrowed it down to two different categories of circumstances and types of people that are more likely to get lost:

Circumstances

Hiking:  Many people get lost hiking, and I believe that it should be mandatory, no matter what your skill level is, to carry a personal GPS.  I think children, who are required to have life jackets to be on a boat, and helmets when riding bicycles and ATV’s, should be required to have personal GPS tracker or locator when they go hiking.

The amount of people that come up missing from getting lost while hiking is staggering, and accounts for the most prevalent reason people are reported missing.

All through last summer, I read of hikers that were found after they have slipped off the side of a mountain or after they had been wandering in the wild for days.  I can’t wonder how many of these people would still be alive if they had a personal GPS on them.

Driving:  Most people don’t need a GPS tracker/locator, because they live in a the city.  But if you live in a rural area or are planning on going on a car trip, I think you should consider a personal GPS locator.   Your cell phone ping is limited as it will not be anymore exact than the last cell phone tower you passed.   The family of David Lavau, (read story here) the man who was found in a ravine after he accidentally drove off a cliff, knew from the last signal from his cell phone tower that their dad was within a 5 mile radius, but it didn’t give his exact location.  Looking at it that way, you can see how lucky they were to have found him.

If you do travel a lot on rural roads or cross country, buying a GPS locator, like “OnStar” could save your life.  We know that David would have been found immediately and not 6 days later, if he had OnStar or a personal GPS Locator, in his car.

Type

Seniors:  Another high number of lost individuals are seniors (almost every single day).  Their memory loss can occur suddenly and send them miles away from their destination, and there are more and more cases of missing Seniors being found in the next state. 

Because of the epidemic rise, states are now releasing Silver Alerts which is similar to Amber Alerts for adults who suffer from dementia or who are over 65.  Loss of memory, can strike suddenly for a senior, particularly with dementia, and having them wear a GPS locator wrist band guarantees their fast recovery.  Some states are even offering free personal GPS locators for seniors that have dementia.

Disabilities:
  From mental health issues to autism, people with disabilities can wander off and then can’t find there way back home, and in some cases they can’t even tell anyone where home is.  Having a GPS tracker would be beneficial, in case they do.

I believe that if this group of people were given GPS Tracking Device, that would be found before they ever became a statistic.  They would be found in hours, instead of days or months.

Considering a GPS Tracker/locator

If you decide that a GPS Tracker/locator is a smart thing for your family, let me explain what they are.

GPS locators/trackers  are different than what most understand a GPS to be.  Most everyone considers a GPS as a digital map that will get you to where you are going and tell you where you are, where a GPS tracker or locator, can let others know where you are and and sends out a tracking signal showing your location. 

There are all types of trackers out there, like the Spark Nano that cost $200.00 plus an average of $50.00 a month for the service, to Child Locators that cost an average of $200.00, with a service fee average of $10.00 a month.  There is also the Brickhouse Alert that is geared towards seniors, with added accessories like a fall detector, panic button and smoke alarm for $29.95 a month with a $149.95 refundable deposit.

You are also able to get GPS Cell Phone tracking on phones for an additional fee and some are even free, like Google Latitude,  or BuddyWay, but there are limitations.  The  cell phone must be on to work, and the cell phone must be with the person, and if it is an abduction, the cell phones are the first things that is tossed.

Before you squawk at the price, remember you probably spend that much on your cell phone and service. And there may be another reason that keeps you from considering one.  Your privacy.

In today’s “open” world we all are worried about our privacy, and may even have a passing thought of Orwell’s 1984 and are just a little afraid of technology, but if a GPS Tracking Device had been used in any of the above circumstances or types of people, they would have been found in hours, instead of missing for days or months.

If you or a family member falls into the above category, you may decide that getting a GPS tracker is good advice.

Not only would it give you piece of mind, it could just save their life.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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