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Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:53 pm

I knew about the Amber Alert system in the USA for a while now....but today Ive seen a new level of warnings.

I was driving from downtown Chicago back to my home in the NW Suburbs and I saw about 5 of the "road status" billboards overhead issuing an Amber Alert for a Pontiac with the license plate number and a Mexican man (supposedly going back to Mexico) who abducted a 2 year old hispanic girl and killed her mother in the city of Chicago. I drove on I-290 for about 2 miles and also saw the same alert

Well I was just opening another thread and I got a insert in about half my browser from my ISP saying there is an Amber Alert in the area, and again same message that was on the 2 Interstates! This is certainly something that I welcome even on my internet.

All I can say is I am kind of surprised because I have never seen it extend so far, but I hope the asshole gets caught and I definately like the fact that the reach has been broadened because there is such a greater chance that someone will catch this asshole.

Does anyone know how effective this amber alert system is nationwide?

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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:59 pm

While I certainly support the Amber Alert system, I still hope there are measures in place, so it doesn't get abused of with phony alarms and thus could go ineffective.

However, like I said, I support this Amber Alert system and wish that similar systems get implemented worldwide, so that more children can be found in time and alive.

Like you, I hope the bastard responsible for abducting that 2 year old child gets caught and put to prison, where he belongs.
 
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:20 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1):
Like you, I hope the bastard responsible for abducting that 2 year old child gets caught and put to prison, where he belongs.

Since he's going to Mexico, throw him in a Mexican prison.
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:26 am

The Amber Alert System here in AZ works WELL! There was one incident to where a father abducted his daughter and son a couple years ago (at the same time killing somebody, I forgot who..) and they found the father in Mexico with the kids, arrested him and extraditioned (spelling) him back to PHX. Sad part of the story is the little girl (4 or 5 year old Jennifer Cerventes) who was abducted was killed by a passing car a few months ago. Sheriff Joe Arpaio wouldnt let the father attend to his daughter's funeral.

The weird part is the mother is an illegal immigrant and after the father's trial is over, she may be deported. So this is one weird case, I tell ya.
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:22 am

Here in Fl, you can get Amber alerts on your cell phone, E-mail, along the interstate, almost everywhere. Its one of the few things that the Govt. has done right in the past few years

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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:28 am

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 4):
Here in Fl, you can get Amber alerts on your cell phone, E-mail, along the interstate, almost everywhere. Its one of the few things that the Govt. has done right in the past few years

I do live in Daytona Beach most of the year, and I havent noticed these alerts on I-4, I-95 or I-10 where I drive alot.
 
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:31 am

Here in Georgia, they even do them over the Emergency Alert System, doing the scroll across the bottom of the screen along with someone reading it as well.
 
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:41 am

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 5):
I do live in Daytona Beach most of the year, and I havent noticed these alerts on I-4, I-95 or I-10 where I drive alot.

Here in Palm Beach County, they have info signs along I-95, and the Turnpike to tell about crashes, but when there is an Amber alert, they give the all the info. Even about alerts from the northern part of the state.Does make you look for the car in question.

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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:25 am

Amber Alerts work amazingly well. Definitely a win-win partnership between law enforcement and the media.

For those who don't know, the "Amber Alert" is named after Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted from in front of her home in Arlington, Texas (a Dallas suburb). Tragically, she was found brutally murdered, but in the aftermath, Dallas media outlets, acting on a suggestion from a radio listener, agreed among themselves to immediately make public urgent notice of kidnapings, so the information could be in the public domain, where the caring many could help the helpless one.

It worked well in north Texas, and has spread nationwide with equal success.

It works because, given the choice, most people do want to help, to do the right thing, and they jump at the chance to make a positive difference.

Amber Hagerman is gone, but her name lives on and her legacy will, ultimately, be seen in hundreds of children saved from her tragic fate.
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:15 pm

They also use the Emergency Alert System tone and scroll here in Southern Arizona along with the interstate signs. Very effective system-only thing I don't like is their using the EAS tone. EAS should be reserved for natural disasters or major civil emergencies only.
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:38 pm

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 5):
I do live in Daytona Beach most of the year, and I havent noticed these alerts on I-4, I-95 or I-10 where I drive

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The Amber Alert System - nationally - is very effective. I don't know of a single thing that can unite a general populace against a single foe more than that of a possible child kidnapping/molestation . . . . people from every walk of life and every kind of circumstance tend to get angry and pay attention.

Amber Alerts work - and they work very well.
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RE: Amber Alert - Missing Child (Something Strange)

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:33 pm

Works well here in CA, too. Notifications have been extended to TV, cell phones (if you choose to activate the free service), and email. The criteria that must be met for an amber alert to be issued are:
* A confirmed abduction has occurred.
* The victim is 17 years of age or younger, or has a mental or physical disability.
* The victim is in imminent danger of serious injury or death.
* There is sufficient information available that, when provided to the public, could assist in the
safe recovery of the victim.

Currently, parental kidnappings do not meet the criteria unless a known, life threatening condition exists. Last year, there were 20 amber alerts issued which resulted in the safe recovery of 23 victims.

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