Police launch fast-alert system to help locate missing kids
Every year thousands of children in the Czech Republic are reported missing. Some are found within hours or days, others disappear without a trace. The Czech Interior Ministry is now putting in place a fast alert system which would involve the media, mobile phone operators and the public to help make the search for missing children more effective.
“When the police are alerted to a child gone missing they will contact the media and mobile phone operators who will immediately pass on the information to the public. People within a six kilometre radius will get an SMS message with the child’s description, drivers will hear it on the radio or see it on electronic boards along highways. This will be done whenever the officer in charge of the case feels that involving the media and public might help.”
The fast alert system is to be set in motion on May 25th - and may also be used to locate old disoriented people or individuals who are dependent on medicines. The Czech Republic will be the fourth country in Europe to introduce it – after France, Greece and the Netherlands.