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What is an abduction of a child?

Child Abduction is the offense of wrongfully removing or wrongfully retaining, detaining or concealing a child or baby. 

Abduction is defined as taking away a person by persuasion, by fraud, or by open force or violence. 

There are two types of child abduction: parental child abduction and abduction by a stranger.

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How many children are abducted each year?

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (citing U.S. Department of Justice reports), 

nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. That's more than 2,000 a day. 

The NCMEC says 203,000 children are kidnapped each year by family members.Jan 15, 2007

In the United States, an estimated 460,000 children are reported missing every year.

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What is the kidnapping capital of the United States?

Kidnapping Capital of the U.S.A. In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, 

Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the 

world outside of Mexico City and over 370 cases last year alone.Feb 11, 2009 according to a report from ABC news.

Abduction Lures

  • Lost Pet
  • Assistance
  • Authority
  • Bribery
  • Emergency

Why are kids abducted?

  • Most abductions are custody based
  • A small percent is for sexual reasons

30 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abduction

Young children should:

  • never say they are alone if they answer the phone: they can offer to take a message or say their parents will phone back.
  • never answer the door if they are alone.
  • not invite anyone into the house without the permission of a parent or babysitter.
  • not go into people's houses without letting anyone know where they are.
  • never get into anyone's car without permission.
  • not take candy or other gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.
  • never play in deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  • scream and scatter books and belongings if they are forced toward a building or car.
  • move away from a car that pulls up beside them if they do not know the driver.
  • be taught their full telephone number and address.
  • be taught that it's all right to say 'no' to an adult if the person wants them to do something you've taught them is wrong.
  • know that no one has the right to touch any part of their bodies that a bathing suit would cover.
  • tell you, school authorities or a police officer about anyone who exposes private parts.
  • tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you.
  • go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from you in a store or mall.

Parents should:

  • avoid clothing and toys with your child's name on it. A child is less likely to fear someone that knows his/her name.
  • background check all babysitters
  • stay off your cell phone when in public with your kids
  • never leave a child alone in a public place, stroller or car. Not even for a minute and don't turn your back on your kid
  • always accompany young children to the bathroom in a public place and advise them never to play in or around the area.
  • always accompany your child on door-to-door activities, i.e. Halloween, school fundraising campaigns, etc.
  • point out safe houses or homes with the Block Parent sign where children can go if they are in trouble.
  • keep an up-to-date color photograph of your child, a medical and dental history, and have your child fingerprinted.