Child Tracking Devices
I worked as a police officer in a major city for 36 years of my life. In all of those years I worked hundreds of missing persons. Most were small children. One of the most heart wrenching parts of my job was searching for missing children. The anguish parents go through in these times is so difficult. I worked events like the State Fair of Texas where large crowds gather. These situations often lead to children getting separated from their parents.
In these times parents now have to worry about predators harming their children in addition to other dangers a child alone can face. Through modern technology parents can now find their children instantly. Child tracking devices have risen child safety to new levels.
I am not only a retired police officer, but I am also of six children. The safety and security of my grandchildren is of paramount concern. It is in this vein I have looked at various child tracking devices and will review them here.
Statistics show almost 800,000 children are reported missing every year. One child goes missing every 40 seconds. The longer a child is missing, the greater the risk the child will be harmed. Many small children wander off from their parents in large crowds.
In a study of parents’ worries by pediatricians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, nearly three-quarters of parents said they feared their children might be abducted. One-third of parents said this was a frequent worry, a degree of fear greater than that held for any other concern, including car accidents, sports injuries, or drug addiction.
There are three types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a relative of the victim or “family kidnapping” (49 percent), kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or “acquaintance kidnapping” (27 percent), and kidnapping by a stranger to the victim or “stranger kidnapping” (24 percent).
In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home. Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles.
Child Tracking Devices
There are hundreds of child tracking devices available on the market. Which ones are best? Which ones should you consider for your child? It depends on what features you are looking for. These devices all rely on GPS. Some can go through your mobile provider, some require a monthly fee to go through an independent provider network.
There are trackers that are wrist watches. There are trackers that can clip on your clothing or back packs. Many can be silently listened to without the device giving any indication it is being monitored. The most important feature for any child tracking device is the ability to pin point an exact location for the child quickly.
Tracking Devices and features
“AngelSense” – Is a very high quality tracker that gives updates in 10 second intervals. It allows you to listen in on the child without their intervention. You can talk to your child through the device. It works through any provider. It is the only GPS and Voice-Monitoring solution designed for individuals with special needs. Requires a one-time activation fee of up to $200 and monthly monitoring fees from $33 to $49.
“Jialekang GPS Tracker”- Is a quality tracker that cost around $50. It requires no monthly monitoring fees. Uses an Amazon network as a provider. It has dual calling mode and remote monitoring capabilities. It does require use of a sim card.
“JLEKong GPS tracker.” Cost around $50. It requires no monthly monitoring fees. Uses Amazon Network as a provider. Uses real-time dual call function. Requires a sim card.
“AblegridGt001 GPS Tracker.” Cost around $35.00 Uses a long-lasting battery system which advertises over 2 weeks continuous working time and 180 days standby time. No installation is necessary.
It uses a Global GPS rapid precise positioning. The Ablegrid uses next generation chip which provides a strong signal. Ablegrid uses its own network.
Real-time Google Map supports Real Time Auto Tracking and Historical Moving Route Record.100% Lifetime Warranty. 24 Hours Customer Service. This device is more suited for use in a vehicle, but advertises itself as good for children.
“XY GPS Tracker” Cost around $180.00. The XY GPS has an unlimited global range. A small FOB attaches to the belt or backpack of a child. There is no start-up cost. There are no cancellation fees or monthly monitoring fees. It has a two-year unlimited warranty.
“Spy Tec STI GL300 mini portable GPS Tracker“. Cost around $40. Parents are able to use Google maps to track and map a child’s movements. There is a $25 a month monitoring fee. No activation or cancellation fees are applied. There are no contracts. One can receive text or emails when a person leaves an area.
“Pater Joy children’s GPS Tracker, Smart Watch.” It cost about $30. The Pater Joy is equipped with a GPS global positioning system. A parent is able to monitor the child’s position at any time. A parent can call or voice chat at any time. Parents have the ability to remote activate the watch without requiring a response from the child.
The above tracking devices all have some good features. They all use GPS to track the location of children (also senior citizens and mentally challenged adults). The Angel Sense has the best overall features, but the initial cost and monthly monitoring fees make it difficult for young families struggling to make ends meet.
The JialeKang and JLEKong both have a lot of great features. Neither have monthly monitoring fees, and a relatively small up front cost and a dedicated network. They both use sim cards.
If you have small children, now may be the time to purchase a tracker for your child. The technology has advanced enough that they have become affordable. They are accurate and safe. As a grandfather, I personally recommend these devices.
The questions you have to ask yourself are what system best suits your needs. You have to determine if you want monthly monitoring fees, long battery life but no fees. Thanks for taking time to look at these devices.