In the light of the recent tragic abduction and murder of poor little Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, numerous opinions have been aired and debated. Perhaps when the dust has settled, everyone should consider some concrete measures to prevent or at least reduce the occurrence of such atrocities.
Firstly, the police have to get their act together and be more proactive. How about taking a tip or two from the Americans, who established the AMBER Alert system.
Secondly, we have to vote out dense politicians who make inane and insensitive comments.
Thirdly, parents have to teach their kids to take care of themselves. This is a most unfortunate reality of today.
Fourthly, parents have to be more vigilant about their children, but without being paranoid. This is another unfortunate reality of today.
The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. Other states and communities soon set up their own AMBER plans as the idea was adopted across the nation.
This is what AMBER does: When someone reports a missing child (below age 17), the police will follow a standard screening procedure. Once law enforcement has determined that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials. AMBER Alerts interrupt regular programming and are broadcast on radio and television and on highway signs. AMBER Alerts can also be issued on lottery tickets, to wireless devices such as mobile phones, and over the Internet.
AMBER has been effective in recovering abducted children, and in deterring abductors. AMBER Alert cases have shown that some perpetrators release the abducted child after hearing the AMBER Alert on the radio or seeing it on television.
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