- Aug 13, 2013
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I agree, I think the Amber Alert system is ridiculous for the most part. ANY CHILD under a certain age should automatically have an alert across the board, meaning all states should have the same age criteria. It would seem to me that every state should be able to say that any child 10 and under should get an alert. Or 8 and under, etc. you get the gist. Different states have different criteria. That is NOT helpful at all. If an 8 year old walks out of their house to go down the block to a friends and never makes it to that friends, and reasonable attempts to find that kid are unsuccessful, a NATIONWIDE Amber Alert in every single state should be activated whether or not somebody saw them get dragged into a car or not....WHY is that so difficult?
Amber alerts are issued to like 2% of the missing kids, runaways, etc. 97% of the those end up being found safe, just poor communications or the kid did something spur of the moment and only 1% are in imminent danger.
Currently, Amber Alerts actually mean something. Everyone pays attention.
IMO, having like 2 Amber Alerts every single day for the hourly missing or late cases of kids in your region would 1) overwhelm LE and 2) make the public pay way less attention to them, 3) make almost no difference in stopping the very few kids who are really abducted any safer.
Monday morning quarterbacking is not how to manage a complex issue. Let's leave it to the professionals. The system works pretty well but of course people like you and me who only look at murders, etc. on Websleuths/Reddit are a tiny subset of people and we can have a very skewed view of reality. Maybe we should all step back and look at it from less emotional and a more logical standpoint. Just my opinion.