Bogus Amber Alerts Have Authorities Concerned That Public Will Become Immune
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Fake Amber Alerts have law enforcement officers concerned.
There have been a number of false alerts circulating through emails and text messages across the country.
Police fear the bogus Amber Alerts will make people immune to real Amber Alerts.
Recently a bogus alert stated that a 7-year-old girl was taken by a man driving a newer silver truck.
Police said it poses a danger when a real Amber Alert is issued.
Authorities explained there is a serious set of guidelines that must be followed when sending out an Amber Alert.
Kennewick Sgt. Ken Lattin said it's a problem when bogus ones are sent. He said, "It's kinda like that crying wolf type thing, when there is no wolf, then people become complacent and think it's just like no big deal and the purpose of an amber alert is when a child is really endanger."
Police said that since the Amber Alert program has been in place two have been sent out in Washington.
In order to send one police have to know that the child is missing, endanger, with a suspect and have a car description to provide to the public.
Police said there is a big difference between a missing child and a runaway.