Iden­tiKidz tags to en­sure fam­i­lies find lost chil­dren quickly

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fred Solomons-Jo­hannes said the de­tails of each child would be logged in a reg­is­ter by city of­fi­cials.

“Should a child get lost, im­me­di­ate con­tact can be made to re­unite them with their par­ents or guardians,” he said.

The beach safety pro­gramme will be launched at Sil­ver­stroom­strand, Ta­ble View beach, Mil­ner­ton La­goon, Sea Point beach, Camps Bay beach and tidal pool, Hout Bay beach, Fish Hoek beach, Muizen­berg beach, Strand­fontein beach and tidal pool, Mon­wabisi beach and tidal pool, Blue Wa­ter Re­sort, Ma­cas­sar beach, Mnandi beach and Strand beach.

The pro­gramme will run un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Mean­while, city shop­ping malls have al­ready im­ple­mented their own safety wrist­bands as part of their se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Canal Walk spokes­woman Vanessa Herbst said they had a child- safe wrist­band sys­tem that cus­tomers could re­quest from their cus­tomer ser­vice desk. The wrist­band bears the par­ent’s name, the child’s name, age, con­tact num­ber and im­por­tant med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion.

“This as­sists our staff to con­tact par­ents should their chil­dren be lost in the cen­tre,” she said.

Since the start of the school hol­i­days, the mall has only had two cases of chil­dren be­ing re­ported lost. Both were found.

Free wrist tags are also avail­able at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre at the V&A Water­front. Spokes­woman Carla White said the sys­tem had been in place for a num­ber of years, and was pro­moted as a “proac­tive mea­sure” in all their fes­tive sea­son mes­sag­ing.

“This is par­tic­u­larly ad­vis­able if visi­tors in­tend to spend an ex­tended pe­riod at the Water­front, and on very busy days, such as New Year’s Eve.

“While we do oc­ca­sion­ally see chil­dren sep­a­rated from their par­ents, all our staff are well versed in deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion, and re­unit­ing the fam­i­lies in a speedy man­ner.

“We en­cour­age par­ents to be vig­i­lant as this is a busy time of year, with both par­ents and chil­dren eas­ily dis­tracted,” White added.

In the event of par­ents los­ing sight of their child, she urged them to re­port it to the near­est se­cu­rity guard or to the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre or kiosk.

“Our se­cu­rity and info teams are then able to work to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion fast and ef­fi­ciently,” White said.


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