T-MOBILE LIMITED TO PROMOTE CHILD SAFETY
PHOENIX (Feb. 22, 2010) - Five T-Mobile Limited stores in Maricopa County are partnering with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to help parents record vital information about their children to help locate them in the event they become lost or missing.
According to the National Child Identification Program and the Department of Justice, an estimated 800,000 children go missing each year - that's one child every 40 seconds. The five T-Mobile Limited stores will host Maricopa County Sheriff's officers to fingerprint children who come in with their parents as a first step in completing the Child ID Kit. Parents will then be given the free kit to take home, add personal information (i.e. child's date of birth and current photo) and keep on hand in case of an emergency.
"Child safety is a top priority for the Sheriff's Office," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "The first three hours after a child goes missing are the most critical. The information in these Child ID Kits will quickly provide law enforcement officials with valuable information, and by having the kits prepared ahead of time, parents won't have to worry about significant details that can often be hard to remember under stressful circumstances."
Maricopa County Sheriff's officers will be fingerprinting children and providing the free Child ID Kits at the T-Mobile Limited stores as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 27, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
990 E. Riggs Road, Suite 3
Wednesday, March 3, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
5929 W. Peoria Avenue, Suite 104
Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
39508 N. Daisy Mountain Drive, Suite 126
Tuesday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2815 S. Alma School Road, Suite 15
Friday, March 26, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1457 W. Southern Avenue
Todd Heiner, CEO of Express Locations, owner and operator of the T-Mobile Limited retail stores, said, "This program is close to the hearts of the team at T-Mobile Limited and Express Locations, and we are happy to be able to help families in this small way. We invite and welcome every parent in Maricopa County to bring their children in and take this important step to securing the safety of their loved ones."
About Express Locations
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Express Locations is a Premium and Limited exclusive retailer for T-Mobile USA. Express Locations owns and operates 65 retail stores in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.expresslocations.com/ and follow Express Locations on Twitter and Facebook.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2009, almost 151 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group - 33.4 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world's most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.