Please Stop Sending Terrifying Alerts to My Cell Phone | WIRED

Amber, Blue, Silver, Camo: Is it really a good idea to push so many alarming messages to the public?

The appeal of doing everything we can in the aftermath of a horrific crime is powerful. But there’s little evidence that any of the rainbow of alerts have much impact at all. In fact, these alerts are best described as “crime control theater”—a term criminologists use for programs that merely foster the perception that the government is taking swift and significant action.

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