July 27, 2012 10.47 am This story is over 136 months old

Lost kids find their parents with new city centre scheme

Reunited: Children who get lost in the city centre will be found quicker tanks to a new security scheme.

There’s nothing more terrifying than losing your child whilst out shopping, but a new scheme by Lincoln BIG will help you find them quickly.

The Child Safe Zones Programme sets up a low-cost helpline number parents can call to contact a security member.

The security team will then begin a search, and contact all other members of security using the city’s Radio Link.

Orange smiley posters and stickers will be put around the city containing the 08444 48 42 33 phone number worried parents can call.

Parents can also pick up a free Child Safe wristband, for writing contact details in the event of separation. This makes it easier for the team to contact a parent if a child is found.

Wristbands are available from the Lincoln Central Station, Lincoln Bus Station, St Marks Retail Park and the Waterside Shopping Centre.

The scheme will be launched on August 8 at the City Square between 10am and noon or St Marks Retail Park between 1pm and 3pm.

Stickers, balloons, face-painting and a children’s entertainer will be on hand to help keep everyone entertained.

Lincoln BIG Security Group Co-ordinator Yvette Hall, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to add the Child Safe Zones initiative to our portfolio of customer services.

“Thousands of people visit Lincoln every week and we’re proud of our reputation as a safe and secure, family-friendly environment.

“It’s very important to us that our customers continue to enjoy the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere here.

“In reality very few children do become separated from their guardians, but if the worst should happen, this scheme means that we can quickly reunite them, minimising the upset for everyone.”

Source: Lincoln BIG