PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new partnership to improve public safety in Philadelphia was announced today at City Hall.

A company that sells tracking devices for automobiles and individuals is offering a free trail period on tracking devices designed to help locate people prone to wandering.

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The 1,500 free Lojack Safetynet bracelets will available for a half a year with no financial obligation to Philadelphians who have cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, autism, or Down syndrome.

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(Mayor Nutter, at lectern, is joined at today's announcement by city councilman Jack Kelly, deputy police commissioner Richard Ross, and Philadelphia public safety director Everett Gillison. Credit: John McDevitt)


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Philadelphia councilman-at-large Jack Kelly (far left in photo above) spearheaded the effort to bring Lojack to the city.

“Lojack Safetynet has already saved the lives of two Philadelphians,” he said today, “and long after I retire I can take solace in knowing that this technology will save the lives of numerous Philadelphians for years to come.”

Police officials say that 359 officers in the city have been trained in how to use the tracking equipment.

After the six-month trial period, the service will cost $30 a month.  Payment plans are available.  For more information, caregivers can go to or call 877-4-FIND-THEM.

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Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060