Thursday, April 14, 2011

US kidnapping statistics have not been routinely kept,

and is not one of the crimes included in the FBI's national Uniform Crime Reporting database.

  • There is approximately one child abduction murder for every 10,000 missing child reports.
  • It is possible that the crime was committed by a family member. Finkelhor & Ormrod state that family kidnapping is committed primarily by parents, and has a 43% likelihood of being the female partner, much higher than in other kidnapping types.
  • Family kidnapping happens equally to children of both sexes.
  • 49% of juvenile kidnapping offences are family kidnappings, 27% acquaintance kidnappings and only 24% are stranger kidnappings.
  • Acquaintance kidnapping involves a "comparatively high percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of female and teenage victim, is more often associated with other crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and residences and has the highest percentage of injured victims."
  • Stranger kidnapping "victimizes more females than males, occurs primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and school-age children, is associated with sexual assaults in the case of girl victims and robberies in the case of boy victims, and is the type of kidnapping most likely to involve the use of a firearm."
It's smarter the have a Code Amber Alertag and not need it than to need it and not have one.

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