Learn about AMBER Alerts
AMBER Alerts Save Lives
In January 1996, little Amber Hagerman was riding her bike near her grandparent’s home in Arlington, Texas when a truck pulled up and a man dragged Amber into the vehicle and drove away. Her body was found her body a few days later after she was brutally murdered. The abductor has never been caught.
Amber’s family and local law enforcement pushed for the development of a system to quickly get vital information out to the public whenever a child is abducted and in extreme danger. America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response or AMBER Alert was named in honor of little Amber and has been responsible for over 650 children rescued since its inception. As of 2006, all 50 states have such a system in place, although not all are referred to as AMBER Alerts. Now many other countries are following suit and establishing similar programs.
The concept is simple… get as many eyes searching for the victim as soon as possible. There are certain criteria required for authorities to issue an AMBER Alert and while they vary slightly from state to state, most must include a vehicle description and license plate number. This aids in effectiveness of the program and keeps it from becoming overused and potentially ignored.
Want to learn more about the Government’s AMBER Alert Program? http://www.amberalert.gov/
Want to see current AMBER Alerts? http://www.missingkids.com/AMBER