In 2015 AMBER Alert Europe shared 29 AMBER Alerts and 1848 endangered missing children from EU Member States, including Switzerland.
Statistics AMBER Alert Europe January – March 2016:
Best practice: Cross border Child Alert Poland- Germany
On 15 April 2015, the Polish Police issued a Child Alert for a 10 year old girl from Szczecin, Poland, close to the German border. The Polish Police closely cooperated with the German Police, who have found the girl safe and well in Germany.
Spreading information across borders
The Polish Police had strong indications that the child had crossed the German border. In close cooperation with the German authorities and the NGO Initiative Vermisste Kinder, the Polish Child Alert was also spread in Germany. Via social media and large screens at railway stations German citizens were asked to be on the lookout for the missing child. Additionally, the alert was also disseminated by AMBER Alert Europe, AMBER Alert Netherlands and AMBER Alert Slovakia.
Best practice: French Alerte Enlèvement as disseminated in cross- border context without abduction being proven
On the 23rd of April 2015, the girl was found a hundred kilometers from Sancy. She knocked on the door of a doctor, who immediately recognized the child from the AMBER Alert (France Bleu, Le Monde). Prosecutor Le Clair reported that the AMBER Alert could have been the reason the abductor released the child (Huffington Post, Le Monde).
No proven abduction
French prosecutor Yves Le Clair told AFP that the French authorities decided to launch the alert, although there was no certainty for a proven abduction (Le Parisien).
Best practice: Successful Dutch-German AMBER Alert
On June 15th, 2013, an AMBER Alert was issued in the Netherlands after a 4-year old boy was abducted in Groningen (near the German border). As the abductor took the boy away in a car, the German police and Initiative Vermisste Kinder were warned.
Thanks to the help of Initiative Vermisste Kinder the Dutch AMBER Alert was spread in Germany. Next to the 1.9 million Dutch citizens who helped look for Jayden, hundreds of thousands of Germans saw Jayden’s picture. The little boy was rescued by police a mere two hours after the AMBER Alert was issued
Best practice: First cross border AMBER in Netherlands/ Belgium/ Germany
On May 8th 2013 the first cross border child alert was issued in Europe. An AMBER Alert was issued in the Netherlands after two small Dutch boys named Julian (7) and Ruben (9) went missing. Their father had committed suicide. The boys were nowhere to be found. Their lives feared to be in acute danger.
European AMBER Alert
The Dutch police had reasons to believe the children were taken to Germany or Belgium and requested a European AMBER Alert. The alert disseminated by AMBER Alert Europe (EU), AMBER Alert (NL), ChildFocus (BE) and Initiative Vermisste Kinder (DE).
Sadly, the bodies of the boys were found a few weeks later. It is assumed their father took their lives before he committed suicide.
Extensive media attention in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
1.95 million people in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were instantly informed via mobile phones, social media, Apps, etc, (1.6 million in the Netherlands). The boys’ photo was displayed on large screens throughout the Netherlands, in the Belgian province of Limburg and in North Rhine-Westphalia (DE).