AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts are alerts that you get on your phone when a child that is 17 or under goes missing. These alerts are sent to people that are in a certain range of the child that has been abducted. AMBER alerts will state the name and description of the person that was kidnapped and the description of the person that took them, as well as the vehicle information. In order for an AMBER alert to be issued, the law enforcement has to believe that the child is in serious danger, and they have to have information about the child as well as the abducter. The child also has to be added into the National Crime Information Center system.


AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. It is also named after Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped on January 13th, 1996, while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. She was taken into a truck where she was later murdered. Her body was found 4 days later, but the abducter was never found. The Arlington Police Department are still searching to find who did this. 


Around 1,186 children have been found because of AMBER alerts. AMBER alerts help to get the information out so that people can help look for the child. They can also be used to scare the abducter. Some kidnappers may feel more inclined to return the child if they know that people are looking for the child and they could be found. 


AMBER alerts are a great way that our society has grown. Families are able to get more help to find their child. Not everyone looks at the AMBER alerts, but even the help of one person being on the lookout can help save a child's life.


When AMBER alerts come onto my phone, I always look at them. Reading the information that is written on the alerts could make a difference. I think that AMBER alerts are very helpful, even one more child found, is better than none. If I saw the vehicle or person described in the alert I believe that I would call if I was sure that it was the right person or car.





Do you read the AMBER alerts that you get?

Do you think that AMBER alerts are beneficial?

Would you call the police if you saw the vehicle or person described in the AMBER ALERT?

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  • Excellent topic choice and well done Rebekah!

  • Most the time I read the AMBER alerts when I get the notification on my phone. I feel that AMBER alerts can be beneficial sometimes and should continue to be used. I feel like I would call the police if I was 100% sure, but if I wasn't, I wouldn't.

  • I occasionally read the AMBER alerts depending oon how close I am to where the child was last seen. I believe that they are extremely helpful, because you never know if a child is in danger or not. I would call the police just in case - it is better to be safe than sorry.

    • I agree with you, when you call the police you have the chance of saving someones life.

  • I usually read the amber alerts because it's not often they happen, but when they do something not good is probably going on somewhere. I think they are very beneficial to get peoples attention and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. I probabaly would call the police. 

    • I agree with you, AMBER alerts can help people become aware of things that are happening.

  • I don't pay to much attention to the amber alerts but will some time read them. I think the amber alerts are very beneficial with helping others try to identify someone if they know about it. i think I would call just to make sure that the person is okay.

  • I do read them whenever I happen to have a notification pop up on my phone with an alert of one. I think they really are beneficial, letting the world know that someone is missing and showing the information of how to easily identify them is really helpful.

    • I agree with you, being able to know that someone is missing and what they look like is extremely helpful in finding them.

  • I usually always read the AMBER alerts when I get the notification on my phone. I think that AMBER alerts can be beneficial in some cases because it provides people information that could help find the person. I would call if I saw the vehicle or person described.

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