NEW PERSONAL ALERT DEVICE HELPS PREVENT CHILD ABDUCTION; 100-500,000 CASES OF VICTIMIZATION OCCUR EACH YEAR IN U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- "Sex offenders who prey on children are the most dangerous criminals facing America today," said the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Arlington, Va. The frightening reality of child abduction is becoming all-too prevalent in small towns as well as big cities. Every day, cases of kidnapped children reach our newspapers and television sets. Many of these innocent kids are never found; most of these cases involve sexual abuse. As these tragedies increase, parents are groping for methods to insure this crime won't happen to their families. While several alarm systems are available today, a new product has been introduced which offers maximum control of a child's safety. CHILD ALERT is a two-way signal device which acts as an invisible child leash. The parent wears a unit attached to a belt and the child wears a unit in a provided fanny pack. If the child is taken or wanders beyond a preset radius, the system alerts the parent, who presses a button sounding an alarm on the child. The noise will either scare off the attacker or notify the child that he or she has wandered too far. The most important distinction which sets CHILD ALERT apart from other systems is its "HELP" feature that the child can use to signal if danger is approaching. The child simply pulls a cord pin attached to the bottom of the fanny pack sounding a 110-decibel alarm on the child that cannot be shut off by anyone but the parent. "No other personal protection unit has this capability," said Alan Webb, president of Webb Company, the manufacturer. "Many abductions, especially of small children, take place in close proximity to the parent. That's why this method is so important." The system has a range of 100 yards, which protects children who may have wandered from their parents at the mall, at the park, or even at home. The Jacob Wetterling Foundation, which assists in searching for lost children, said that missing children are often victims of sexual abuse. "Sex offenders who prey upon children represent a serious threat to the <&erican family and to the fabric of society." CHILD ALERT is currently available by mail order at 800-999-9322. In 1994, Webb Company plans to distribute the system through various major retail outlets. Webb Company is a Minnesota-based corporation which manufactures and distributes security products. -0- 11/18/93 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Sources: Jacob Wetterling Foundation, 800-325- HOPE; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ernest E. Allen, president, Arlington, Va.; U.S. Dept. of Justice's National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children; The American Humane Association; The National Committe for the Prevention of Child Abuse; National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Gene Abel, Emory University/ /CONTACT: Alan Webb, president of Webb Company, 612-891-9400; or 800-999-9322/
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