N.M. Amber Alerts have broader reach

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The increasing use of Amber Alerts and their dissemination across media platforms like text messages is raising questions about whether overuse may water down their effectiveness.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (

) reports that two Amber Alerts issued in October were notable partly because New Mexico has used its system sparingly, with only six issued in the past decade.

According to the New Mexican, it's not always clear that alert subjects are actually in danger, but a State Police spokesman says cases involving crimes against children warrant special action.

One October alert was for a 10-year-old boy allegedly taken by the fiancee of the boy's father. The other October alert was issued when authorities said nine boys had gone missing from a privately run youth ranch in southern New Mexico.

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