Amber Alert

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Amber Alert

A message that conveys information about a recently missing or abducted person, usually displayed on electronic signs positioned along roadways and broadcast especially by radio, intended to enlist the public's help in finding the abducted person and often in catching the abductor.

[After Amber Hagerman (1986-1996), American child kidnapped and murdered in Texas.]
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Amber alert

(Law) US and Canadian a notification to the general public, such as by commercial radio or electronic traffic-condition signs, regarding an abduction of a child
[C20: named after Amber Hagerman, a child who was abducted and murdered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas]
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Moreover, the preamble claims that laws such as these help to deter crime, "the Amber Plan not only helps to recover abducted children but also acts as deterrent to this type of crime." At present, no available research from academic criminologists supports the claim that AMBER Alert has deterred abductions.
Amber plan to build on fundraising linked to the refurbishment of their gallery at Side, Newcastle, which is due to reopen at the end of 2016.
The emergency work group, which was formed in 2006 after passage of a state law, looked at the state's Amber Plan system and worked with local broadcast media to start setting up a framework for a standardized warning system.