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TJ police offering GPS security devices

Tijuana's Municipal Police are offering a new service to help keep people safe from kidnappers. For $1,000 businessmen and high-profile residents will be able to buy a personal GPS device that's equipped with a panic button. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

The idea is that users will carry the cell-phone like device with them and push the panic button if they're in danger. That will trigger an alarm back at the police's command station and allow officers to pinpoint the user's exact location for a speedy rescue.

Javier Algorri is the Secretary of Public Safety in Tijuana. He says kidnapping is one of the crimes that concerns him most.

Algorri says they offer bodyguards for Tijuana residents. And they've mapped out safe routes for U.S. businessmen from the border to their workplaces. Algorri says the GPS is a new tool in their arsenal.

The number of kidnappings in Tijuana has increased recently. Mexican businessmen say 18 residents are missing. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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