A missing child is something no one wants to see. What they are supposed to do—in a perfect world—is to play and just be children. That’s why when a child goes missing, everyone should be concerned. That’s what the ‘Amber Alert’ is for. Not all missing cases are eligible for Amber Alerts, though. Here’s the […]
A missing child is something no one wants to see. What they are supposed to do—in a perfect world—is to play and just be children. That’s why when a child goes missing, everyone should be concerned. That’s what the ‘Amber Alert’ is for.
Not all missing cases are eligible for Amber Alerts, though. Here’s the right time to call it such and report it to the authorities.
A confirmed abduction. It’s either you were a witness of the abduction or someone from the law enforces the notion that the child has been abducted. If this is the case, then you should create an Amber Alert. The case will be reviewed, but once there is enough evidence to call it abduction, the Amber Alert is in effect.
About 17 or younger. Amber Alerts are reserved only for children. Children, in this case, means the missing person should only be as old as 17. Anyone younger than that is fine enough to be reported under an Amber Alert. It’s a different although equally serious case if the person missing and in threat of danger is older than 17.
Danger or harm has been confirmed. You can confirm that the person missing is in grave danger or someone can say that they were in danger the moment they went missing. This is one of the criteria where a missing child can be reported as an Amber Alert. Once this is confirmed, by all means, be quick about creating the report.
Proof of abduction is available. Have you seen any suspicious characters in the area the day the child went missing? Is there anyone else who knows who could’ve abducted them? An Amber Alert is needed if there is proof that they didn’t just run away or went missing on their own, but someone else was involved in why they are missing.
A data entry into the databanks. Once the report is made, the information should be placed under the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databanks. It should be complete; information about the abduction of the child should be entered and classified under child abduction. These details will be used by federal, state, and local agencies, so be sure to make the entry as detailed as possible.
Anyone wouldn’t want their child, loved one, or the friends of their children to be reported under the Amber Alert tag. Be sure to coordinate with the local authorities in case of one and be extra vigilant in your area for suspicious persons.