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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Analysis: Kids at Greatest Risk of Abduction When Going To & From School & School Related Activities

Children Who Successfully Escaped Abductions
 Knew What to Do

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. 30, 2012 – An analysis by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), shows that approximately 35 percent of attempted abductions of children occurred when the child was going to and from school or school-related activities.  Children who escaped abductions successfully, used life-saving skills that every child needs to learn and know.

NCMEC recently completed the seven year analysis of more than 7,000 attempted abductions that occurred Feb. 1, 2005 through Jan. 31, 2012.  The analysis showed that of the children – mostly girls between the ages of 10 and 14 - who were successful in escaping:

  • 53 percent walked or ran away from the suspect
  • 28 percent yelled, kicked, pulled away or attracted attention
  • 19 percent involved a good Samaritan or parent rescuing the child

"We know that teaching children about safety makes a difference, and we encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children so they know what to do in a real life situation," said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. 

"Teach your children to recognize and get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away and practice basic safety skills with them." 

Some of the common lures used included providing the child a ride, offering candy/sweets, asking the child questions, offering money or using an animal as a ruse.  In 72 percent of the incidents, the suspect was in a vehicle and approximately one-third of the attempted abductions occurred during 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., when children are least likely to be supervised.

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