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New gadget helps protect children in fairground crowds

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DEL MAR (CBS8) - An average of 2 to 3 kids are reported lost each day at the San Diego County Fair according to fair security, but this year, parents can rent a new gadget which will track their child's position through GPS and cell phone networks.

Sean Murray, from SecuraTrac, explained how it works to CBS8, saying, "We have a virtual fence around the fairgrounds, so if this device leaves that barrier, the parent's going to get an SOS message, and we're going to get an SOS message on our dashboard."

There's also a button kids can press if they get lost, which sends a text alert, and parents can call the dispatch center if they realize their child is missing.

Personnel will be monitoring the devices from the security dispatch room at the fairgrounds.

During a security tour, San Diego County Sheriff's Commander Patricia Duke said the device is a nice compliment to the existing security cameras and measures already in place, adding, "It's innovative. I think it's a comfort for parents to know they can track their child down. We all know that the fair gets crowded, and often kids can wander."

Renting the device for the day at the fair costs $9.99. The SecuraTrac booth is located inside the fairgrounds, to the right of the main gate.

The San Diego County Fair opens Friday, June 10th and runs through Monday, July 4th. The fair will be closed all Mondays except the fourth of July.

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