HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Almost everyone likes to complain about ‘Big Brother’ watching us. From security cameras in malls to cameras at intersections to catch red light runners, we are under almost constant surveillance thanks to modern-day technology.
It was this very same technology which helped police locate a 69-year old Hialeah man with Alzheimer’s disease who wandered away from the assist living facility where he lives.
When the staff of the facility, located at 34 West 14th Street, noticed that Amos Adams, 69, was gone they called Hialeah Police. Detectives learned that Adams was wearing a SafetyNet bracelet by LoJack tracking equipment.
Once the signal emitting from Adam’s SafetyNet bracelet was identified, he was found more than a mile away standing outside of an automotive repair shop on the 3100 block of Palm Avenue.
It’s a technology that is well worth it for Adams’ family members.
“When he wanders, I am horrified,” said Orienthal Adams, Amos’ son. “I am absolutely scared because so much can happen.”
“They walk into canals and they drown or they walk in the middle of traffic or just the heat; it’s very hot out there and it’s dangerous because of his condition. His heart can stop at any time or he gets dehydrated very easily” Orienthal said.
Orienthal Adams said the technology tracks his father and tells his whereabouts 24 hours a day/7 days a week and if he walks, there something that will tell them where his father is at that moment.
“The SafetyNet has been a godsend; it’s been a blessing,” Orienthal said.
This is the third rescue that the Hialeah Police Department has been involved with using the SafetyNet equipment.
In the greater Miami area, SafetyNet is available to residents in Hialeah, Miami and Coral Gables. For more information on the SafetyNet program, go to www.safetynetbylojack.com.