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National Missing Children’s Day

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Since 1983, National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated on May 25th. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the threat of child abduction, inform families of ways to keep children safe and support victims’ families.

According to the FBI, in 2019 there were 421,394 NCIC entries for missing children. In 2018, the total number of missing children entries into NCIC was 424,066. This number represents reports of missing children. Pennsylvania is the eight highest state for unsolved missing children’s cases.

The center’s initiative encourages parents and guardians to “Take 25” – take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.

Some of the most common trends among attempted abductors are*:

  • 70% of the times of attempted abductions, the suspect was driving a vehicle
  • 34% took place between 2-7 pm, when kids are out of school and less supervised
  • 32% occurred when the child was going to and from school
  • 65% involved a female child
  • 37% of the children were between the ages of 10-14 years old

In such incidents reported where the suspect tried to lure the child, these five techniques were commonly used:

  • 28% offered the child a ride
  • 11% offered the child candy or sweets
  • 18% asked the child questions
  • 8% offered the child money
  • 7% used an animal to lure the child

Some steps you can take to help keep your kids protected:

  • Be sure you have a recent full-length picture of our child. Keep all of their important identifying information in one place, such as any scars, health, dental and vision records, and any other information that pertains to them. Consider downloading an app on your phone such as the FBI’s Child ID app to keep all information updated.
  • Inform your child that if they feel as they are in danger, now is not the time to be polite. A pattern showed that children who escaped their attempted abductor did at least one of the following: screaming, yelling to draw attention, running, or physically pulling away.
  • Go over the risks with your kids, make it a point to explain that the risk is much more than just “don’t talk to strangers”.
  • Consider the use of technology. A small tracker in a pocket or a backpack may be a lifesaver.
  • Monitor your kids’ online activity. Predators lurk online, looking for vulnerable, unsupervised children.
  • If you suspect your child has been abducted, act very quickly. Time is of the essence. Report it to law enforcement immediately.

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