In Memory Of Amber
Monday, January 18, 2010
January 13th was Amber Alert Awareness day, marking the 14-year anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9-year-old, Amber Hagerman. On that tragic day in 1996, Amber was riding her bike in Arlington, Texas, when a neighbor heard her scream. The neighbor saw a man pull Amber off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup truck, and speed away. The neighbor immediately called the police and provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Arlington Police and the FBI interviewed other neighbors and searched for the suspect and vehicle. Local radio and television stations covered the story in their regular newscasts. Four days later Amber’s body was found in a drainage ditch four miles away. Her kidnapping and murder still remain unsolved.
This story is heartbreaking. However, since the Amber Alert Awareness Program has been in existence, it has played a role in recovering nearly 500 missing children. According the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
, the AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.
It makes me think of how much easier it is today for predators, such as the one who abducted Amber and is still out there, can have access to our kids online. That is why there is such value in having a parental control software program like McGruff Safeguard
, installed on your computer. It is ultimately a tool for parents, however, if there ever comes a time where law enforcement needs to be contacted for any reason, there is documentation of what was happening online.
It’s a scary world out there at times. There is nothing more important than keeping our families safe from those who would want to do them harm. Help us help you keep your loved ones safe.
Labels: Amber Alert Awareness Day, Amber Hagerman, McGruff Safeguard, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
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