Belize is so behind on the technology time line it is not funny. With all the crime going on in Belize, the police and medical sectors need to get much financing to become what the nation needs them to be. There is so much that can be done, the Governments and people simply need to want it to happen and push as hard as needs be to get it.
To start with there needs to be a system of networks bound together that will span country-wide. Ala Amber Alert here in the US. It would be a bit expensive but if a they sell off a couple of those $100,000 plus rides they can make it a reality.
- A farm of databases linking data from police stations and hospitals all over the nation.
- A website that would show pedophiles, thieves, murderers, abusers and other criminals and where they reside.
- Implement a proper DNA testing /forensic facility if there isn’t one yet or drastically improve what’s there.
- A fingerprint and eye scanner at each police station with a record in the database of each known criminal.
- They can even setup a dial in Emergency Hotline that people can dial into to get the latest emergency info.
Like dial 3030 from your phone to get the latest emergency reports or 3031 to report something.
- That’s just to start.
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The Amber Alert system used here in the US would be a great thing to get in Belize. Here are some highlights about the system:
How does it work?
Once law enforcement determines that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement issues an AMBER Alert and notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials. AMBER Alerts interrupt regular programming and are broadcast on radio and television and on highway signs. AMBER Alerts can also be issued on lottery tickets, wireless devices such as mobile phones, and over the Internet.
How effective has it been?
AMBER Alert has been very effective. AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of 584 children nationwide. Over 90 percent of those recoveries have occurred since October 2002 when President Bush called for the appointment of an AMBER Alert Coordinator at the first-ever White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. AMBER Alerts serve as deterrents to those who would prey upon our children. AMBER Alert cases have shown that some perpetrators release the abducted child after hearing the AMBER Alert on the radio or seeing it on television.
How does the AMBER Alert plan help children and families?
The establishment of AMBER Alert plans in all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the expansion of the program into Indian Country and our northern and southern borders mark an important milestone in our efforts to prevent child abductions. No matter where a child is abducted, communities and law enforcement work together to recover missing children quickly and safely. The numbers of recovered children speak for themselves. In 2001, only two children were recovered due to AMBER Alert. In 2006, 69 children were recovered because of an AMBER Alert. Expansion of the AMBER Alert program is making a difference in saving children’s lives.
What are Wireless AMBER Alerts?
The Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative is a voluntary partnership between the wireless industry, the United States Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), to distribute AMBER Alerts to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the messages and are able to receive text messages on their wireless devices.
Some important info
Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when trying to help keep children safer in today’s fast-paced world. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers easy-to-use safety resources to help address these challenges.
For decades, children were taught to stay away from “strangers.” But this concept is difficult for children to grasp and often the perpetrator is someone the child knows. It is more beneficial to help build children’s confidence and teach them to respond to a potentially dangerous situation, rather than teaching them to look out for a particular type of person.
What to Do If Your Child is Missing:
- Act immediately if you believe your child is missing.
- If your child is missing, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles, including trunks—wherever a child may crawl or hide.
- If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law enforcement agency.
- If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Then immediately call your local law-enforcement agency. Here in the US, many stores have a Code Adam plan of action— if a child is missing in the store, employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
- When you call law enforcement, provide your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing.
How can my child be safer while using a social networking site?
Children use social networking sites to create their online identity, communicate with their friends, and meet people with similar interests. Like most new technological developments, this brings both positive and negative implications. Social networking sites incorporate instant messaging, chatrooms, profiles, pictures, E-mail, and blogging all in one site. Here are some tips to help keep children safer while they are using social networking websites like Facebook, MySpace,® or Xanga.®
Tips for Parents and Guardians
- Talk to your children about
- the possible risks and future repercussions
- their online activities. View their profile or blog together. If your child is not willing to do this, then your child may have information on their
- blog or profile they do not want you to see and should not have posted
- not giving out personal information, such as names, school, city, or e-mail address. This includes making or posting plans and activities on the site
- posting pictures online; once an image is posted anywhere on the Internet (even on a profile with private settings), it may never be completely erased from the Internet, even if it is deleted
- the dangers of communicating with people they have never met in person. Remind them that people on the Internet are not always who they say they are
- coming to you or another trusted adult if he or she ever feels threatened or uncomfortable about something online
- using privacy settings to restrict who can and cannot access their profile or blog. Teach children to only accept people as friends if they know and trust them in real life
- Monitor what your child’s friends are posting regarding your child’s identity. Often children and their friends have accounts linked to one another, so it’s not just your child’s profile and information you need to worry about
- Familiarize yourself with the social networking website’s features and safety tips
- Report any illegal content to: the appropriate law-enforcement agency; your Internet service provider; and the social networking website’s webmaster.
Tips for Kids and Teens
- Never post your personal information, such as cell phone number, address, or the name of your school.
- Be aware that information you give out in blogs could also put you at risk of victimization. People looking to harm you could use the information you post to gain your trust. They can also deceive you by pretending they know you.
- Never give out your password to anyone other than your parent or guardian.
- Only add people as friends to your site if you know and trust them in real life.
- Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on a social networking site. Some people may not be who they say they are.
- Think before posting your photos. Personal photos should not have revealing information, such as school names or locations. Look at the backgrounds of the pictures to make sure you are not giving out any identifying information without realizing it. The name of a mall, the license plate of your car, signs, or the name of your sports team on your jersey or clothing all contain information that can give your location away.
- Never respond to harassing or rude comments posted on your profile. Delete any unwanted messages or friends who continuously leave inappropriate comments. Report these comments to the networking site if they violate that site’s terms of service.
- Use the privacy settings of the social networking site:
- Set it so that people can only be added as your friend if you approve it.
- Set it so that people can only view your profile if you have approved them as a friend.
- Remember that posting information about your friends could put them at risk. Protect your friends by not posting any names, ages, phone numbers, school names, or locations. Refrain from making or posting plans and activities on your site.
- Consider going through your blog and profile and removing information that could put you at risk. Remember, anyone has access to your blog and profile, not just people you know.