Ask any parent what their worst nightmare is, and they will tell you that it is losing track of their child. Thankfully, this nightmare never needs to become a reality if every parents were to simply invest in a GPS locator device.Not only can these devices give you the location of the child, they can also provide you with a wealth of other information.

How a GPS Locator Device Can Help

These devices effectively enable parents to be better at what they are supposed to do. If a child were to go missing, it would be easy for a parent to panic to such an extent that they are no longer able to think clearly and therefore conduct a truly thorough search. Having a GPS locator device in place would therefore be ideal. It ensures that those with access to the device can always know where the child is, tell whether the child is moving or being moved, how quick those movements are, and more. All of these pieces of information are vital in terms of finding back a missing child.

There are two main categories of missing children. Those are the runaways  and the children that are abducted.  When a child is missing, the first 36 to 48 hours are crucial to help find them. If they have a GPS locator on them, any wasted time is avoided. These devices linked to the satellites that orbit the Earth come out of which there are currently 32. However, it’s usually only has two linked to three or four satellites in order to pinpoint an exact location. This is done through triangulation, determining both time and speed and they are both showing the exact location where someone is at a set point in time.

The satellite will send a signal that is received by the tracking device. The parent who can access the GPS system can then see this information in real time. Thanks to modern technology, the signals are no longer indicated in longitude and longitude measurements, but rather on an actual map. This makes it so much easier to spot the exact location of the child.

It is recommended to have the GPS tracker device in a location that the child is unaware of and that is also difficult to find. While most mobile phones come equipped with GPS locators as standard, should the child be a runaway they are likely to dispose of this themselves. Similarly, should they have been abducted, the kidnapped would instantly throw away the mobile device. By having the tracker in a hard to find location such as a side pocket of a backpack, it becomes a lot more difficult to get rid of it or to hide it. At the end of the day, it could be the difference between life and death. GPS trackers and now incredibly small so it is very easy to hide them in a location that is unlikely to be found.

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