For quick reference here is the list of places flyers should be put (it is also in the resource guide).
Getting the Missing person's face and information out there is critical to their return
When a person goes missing, immediately get flyers out within a 5 mile radius of their place last seen. As quickly as possible continue to expand that radius out, but make sure that the first 5 miles is completely saturated at all of the places listed below.
If a person has any chance of being a runaway or abduction case flyers need to get out to all of these places in a hundred mile radius. 200 miles is even better.
§ Fast food restaurants
§ Post offices
§ Schools & School districts
§ Grocery stores
§ Drive up ATM’s
§ UPS & FedX
§ Utility companies
§ Chamber of Commerce
§ Shopping centers
§ Service stations (every store if possible)
§ Truck stops
§ Child related businesses
§ Doctor’s offices
§ Apartment complexes
§ Rental car agencies
§ Sporting events
§ Homeless shelters and community kitchens
§ Suicide prevention lines
§ Public transportation
§ Libraries, public and schools
§ City Govt buildings
§ Yahoo groups (via email)
§ Bike couriers
§ Meter readers
§ Phone companies/trucks
§ Cab companies
o Dining Halls
o Mail areas
o Common areas
(check them off) o Send web version to groups who are out often
§ Mom’s groups
§ Riding (horse and motorcycle) Groups
§ Team in training
§ Girl/Boy Scouts
§ Big Brother/Big Sister
Other means of distributing flyers
See if local papers will insert flyers in the paper
This seems to be an ongoing topic of heated debate. Let's see if we can clear up some of the confusion.
Criteria for issuing an Amber Alert
What are the criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts? Each state AMBER Alert plan has its own criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts. The PROTECT Act, passed in 2003, which established the role of AMBER Alert Coordinator within the Department of Justice (DOJ), calls for DOJ to issue minimum standards or guidelines for AMBER Alerts that states can adopt voluntarily. DOJ's guidance on criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts is:
Why can't law enforcement issue an Amber Alert for ALL missing children?
To answer this let's take a look at some numbers.
A child goes missing every 41 seconds
2,100 children are reported missing every day
800,000 per year
upwards of 500,000 more per year are never reported
It would be logistically impossible to post every child on the Amber Alert System.
If the Amber Alert System ran continuously people would not pay attention to it and it would become ineffective. It would become just another flashing sign to ignore on the highway.
The sad fact is that to keep the system running effectively for the best chance of recovery criteria must remain in place.
Because of the Amber Alert System over 500 children have been recovered. The system is working.