AMBER Alerts available through text messaging

first_imgPASADENA A new system will allow authorities to send AMBER Alert notices of a child abduction via cell phone text message to any member of the public who wants to register for the service. “The first three hours after a child’s abduction are most critical to recovery,” Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian said. “The reality is that an abductor’s vehicle is not necessarily going to be on a highway where the AMBER Alert message boards are most visible.” AMBER Alert is a proven success and has helped rescue more than 300 children nationwide in the last 11 years, according to Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez. The system, which started as single local program in Texas, is designed to be an early warning system to help find abducted children; it has now grown into a nationwide network, Perez said. The addition of the Wireless AMBER Alert messages has the potential of reaching 190 million people through cell phone messages, he said. Residents interested in receiving the wireless messages can register at or visit their wireless carriers’ Web site, Perez said. Registered subscribers will be able to designate up to five ZIP codes for which they want to receive the alerts, he added. The service is free and AMBER Alert messages only will be sent to subscribers. “Making child abduction information immediately available to anyone in possession of a cell phone is monumental and certainly narrows the opportunity for and abductor to move around, hide or blend,” Melekian said. For more information on the Wireless AMBER Alert Initiative, go to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site at – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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