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Hillsborough deputies use hi-tech tracker to find missing people

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

On patrol in the sky and on the ground a team of nine trained Hillsborough County deputies use new technology to look for missing people.

These deputies are considered some of the best in the country at using LoJack's SafetyNet system devices. In a recent case an elderly man went missing in the northern section of Hillsborough and in minutes deputies had pin-pointed his exact location. 

"We arrived on the scene in 10 minutes and seven minutes later ground crews were on the scene so it saves lives," said Sgt. Jeff Massaro about the system. 

The Hillsborough County Search and Rescue team is considered one of the most proficient in the country when it comes to using this high tech equipment. It is designed to locate people who suffer from cognitive disorders such as autism and Alzheimer's.

"Using conventional methods it could take days to find a missing person, that is extremely expensive for tax payers, but more importantly, by finding people using SafetyNet technology we are better able to get a missing person out of harm's way and quickly get them back to their family," Massaro said.

SafetyNet works on an FM signal and can track anybody who is wearing a Safety Net bracelet. There is a fee to sign up for this system and a monthly charge to keep it activated. The company will send you the bracelet and the batteries.

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