Finding those who wander away from home

Project Lifesaver device.

DARIEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Darien Police Department has joined an effort to keep people from wandering away from home, particularly the elderly. It’s called Project Lifesaver.

The program is designed to help locate people who are at risk of wandering away from their home and family. Specifically, it’s meant to help those with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down Syndrome, and dementia.

Here’s how Project Lifesaver basically works. Clients enrolled in the program wear a small, bracelet-type transmitter around their wrist or ankle. If the person goes missing, the caregiver would notify police and the search to find them begins.

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Officials say the average time to locate someone is roughly 30 minutes. As we’ve seen in the past, trying to find someone without a tracking device can sometimes take hours, days or even longer.

The transmitter that a person would wear is free. However, those participating in the program must be residents of Darien. According to the Project Lifesaver website, the program is also located in East Haven, Guilford, New Canaan, Simsbury, Stamford, and Westport.

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