first_imgSAFETY: For parents worried about their kids, the $500 outerwear can also protect against knife slashes. By Kate Schuman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – Parents may worry less about losing their child – and the kid’s expensive coat – with a new piece of winter wear that includes a global positioning tracker. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The jackets, released this week by the British clothing company Bladerunner, have a GPS tracking device in the lining. The device can track the jacket anywhere in the world, within 43 square feet. “The jacket is not something that was released due to people losing their kids,” said Adrian Davis, a partner at Bladerunner. “It was originally made for mountain climbers, skiers and snowboarders.” Davis said the company decided to make a children’s version of the jacket aimed at parents concerned about their children’s safety. Using Google Earth maps, users can watch the jacket wearer move with updates every 10 seconds.But they don’t need to be online to find out where the person is. Users can also receive alerts to their e-mail or cell phone when the jacket leaves a boundary, meaning parents could receive alerts whenever their children skipped school, left the neighborhood or went to their boyfriend’s house – so long as the child was wearing the jacket. Bladerunner, which designed the jacket and commissioned Asset Monitoring Solutions to craft the tracking device, made headlines in the spring when they released slash-resistant clothing for children, aimed at those worried about increasing knife crime in London. The new jacket is also equipped with the slash-resistant lining. The tracking device uses a rechargeable battery that can last for about 18 hours. A children’s tracking jacket costs $500, plus $20 a month for the tracking technology. An adult jacket costs $700.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more