PO EDITORIAL: Time to streamline Silver Alerts in the U.S.?

On the same day we learned the tragic fate of a missing elderly couple, we also received a letter to the editor suggesting it's time to consider an alert system for missing seniors similar to the Amber Alert system for missing children. Full Story

Spring Grove, PA

#1 Jan 14, 2011
i was just sying that the other day,why couldnt they come up with something like that.it would be wonderful if they can.it was sad to see the couple died.i hope someday they do.so it doesnt happen again.

Spring Grove, PA

#2 Jan 14, 2011
i agree with you melinda.it would be wonderful if they dod.

Shippensburg, PA

#3 Jan 14, 2011
Who is they? Once again it's wonderful to see people with absolutely no understanding of how government works. If you think it's a good idea Melinda and JBB get off your butts and advocate for it.
Care For Them

Shippensburg, PA

#4 Jan 14, 2011
If you have someone elderly like that, that is still capable of driving, and you worry, simply buy a GPS transponder and place it in the car. The subscription is less than $40 per month and allows you to check on them, track them or zoom in on them in real time from satellite. You can actually zoom in and see them in the car.
private sector

Hagerstown, MD

#5 Jan 14, 2011
I'm calling BS on "Care for them" You can't zoom in on the car. unless you have a link?

Shippensburg, PA

#6 Jan 14, 2011
Private you'd be wrong. The equipment costs 149 bucks and is readily available.
private sector

Hagerstown, MD

#7 Jan 14, 2011
yes, but can you zoom in a spy camera to actually see live shots of the car?
Care For Them

Shippensburg, PA

#8 Jan 14, 2011
It is not a spy camera. It is a satellite service. You have to have the address of the tracker in the car, purse, wallet, pocket, log into your account, enter the tracker, satellite turns it on so you can see where they are. You have to leave it on to track them or see where they are going or have been. Yes, you can zoom in to see the occupants of the car.

If you look at some of the satellite images from cameras in Europe, you can look at the entire city, then zoom into windows and see what is on the table for dinner or if someone is changing.

These are not public access.

The military has much better.

Carlisle, PA

#9 Jan 14, 2011
i know the military has better ones, but I don't believe there are services where the public can get access to this for $150 plus $20 a month or whatever. if there are, post a link to a company that offers that. I know you can get tracking cheap, that's easy, but live cameras are not cheap. not the ones you can zoom into from space.

Carlisle, PA

#10 Jan 14, 2011
what they could or may do is put a camera in the car with the satellite and/or gsm antenna that is broadcast seperately and can be accessed via internet. All I'm saying is you're not getting a cheap consumer service that involves aiming a camera from a satellite to watch someone.

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