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New Amber Alert Wrist Watch Helps Kids Fight Crime

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There's a new tool available to help kids stay safe. It's a wristwatch with a loud signal so a child can alert someone if they're every threatened.

The watches were handed out to children at Washington Elementary School as a joint effort between the district attorney's office and the Viejas Tribe to try to keep kids safe.

"All they have to do is press it, sends out a huge alarm and anyone in the neighboring area will know that they're in danger and can help," San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

Two buttons on either side of the wrist watch set off a 100 decibel alarm. The idea is to grab the attention of those around.

"I'm putting my child in summer camp this year for the first time ever, and this program... I'm going to feel a little bit safer with her having this on," parent Teri Osnava-Watts said.

About 250 watches were donated by the Viejas Tribal Government to students at Washington Elementary School.

"We want to make sure that the kids are safe and it's a way we can give back to the community," Viejas Director of Community Relations Charlie Brown said.

So far the tribe has given out about 500 watches around the county, and they're hoping to continue the program. They'd like to spread the tool to all kids in San Diego County.

"You know you can't watch them all the time so it's lovely to know that they've got that as a back up, and for their own self-confidence so that they know that they're safe," parent Karen Cumming said.

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