Know your child abduction facts
Information and a plan of action are a family's best weapons in child abduction prevention. When we are armed with knowledge of how and why abductions occur and who perpetrates these crimes, we can become better equipped to protect our children against it.
In later articles we will address some of the rules of thumb for child abduction prevention. But first, we must know a little about how and why these crimes take place. The latest statistics on child abduction, according to the United States Justice Department's 2002 revealed some unsettling child abduction facts:
- On average, 2,185 children under the age of 18 were reported missing each day of the study year.
- That adds up to more than 797,500 children annually.
- Of that total, almost that 204,000, or about 25 percent, were family abductions.
- An estimated 58,200 were abducted by someone other than a family member.
- Of those, 115 were taken by complete or partial strangers and kept for a period or killed.
- At the time of the latest study (in 2002), at least 322 children had been recovered safely through the AMBER Alert program.
The last statistics on child abduction is especially important because it highlights the need for, and importance of, quick action on children's disappearances.
Life-Prints Child Abduction Prevention
Life-Prints takes quick action very seriously. That's why we developed software with the goal of high speed emergency communications with law enforcement so that families can provide relevant information needed to help investigators and the community identify missing children in those precious first hours. More child abduction facts and specifics about Life-Prints id kits are coming up, as well as additional information on protecting children against potential predators.