In 2014 the FBI reported that there were 466, 949 missing child reports in the United States. That’s a pretty alarming number. And they don’t get any better. No matter how dig you deep into missing children, kidnapping, and child exploitation problem that this country has…the numbers continue to get grimmer and grimmer. Just for a sample, here’s a few of them:
Missing Children Stats USA
- 1 in 6 of those are quite possibly the victims of child sex trafficking.
- AMBER Alerts are great but they’re not enough. Of the thousands that were reported to the National Center for Missing Exploited Children (NCMEC) only 772 were recovered via AMBER Alert.
- 84% of missing children are the result of a non-custodial parent abduction
See what we mean?
Child Tracking Hardware and Software
You have to do more to protect your child and to know where they are at all times. If you’re one of those parents who feel that it’s “too much” or that you want your child to have a little more freedom and not be an over-protected baby…then we ask that you reassess that judgement. There are people in this world, probably in your neighborhood, who know that there are parents who think like that. They prey on children. They wait for the right time and when they KNOW that no one is watching…they take a child. For what purpose is a though suited only for nightmares.
Today, child locator tags and services are super affordable and easy to use. Most come in watch or wristband type of hardware with easy to use software within an app on your phone.
Certain reports like to remind us that missing children reports have many different explanations. Although a child missing or kidnapping can conjure up the frightening, panicked response that is reported in the nightly news, there are actually several different reasons why children go missing.
In 2002, the US Department of Justice published a report giving the following definitions to certain terms:
*Nonfamily abduction: (1) An episode in which a nonfamily perpetrator takes a child by the use of physical force or threat of bodily harm or detains the child for a substantial period of time (at least 1 hour) in an isolated place by the use of physical force or threat of bodily harm without lawful authority or parental permission, or (2) an episode in which a child younger than 15 or mentally incompetent, and without lawful authority or parental permission, is taken or detained or voluntarily accompanies a nonfamily perpetrator who conceals the child’s whereabouts, demands ransom, or expresses the intention to keep the child permanently.
*Stereotypical kidnapping: A nonfamily abduction perpetrated by a slight acquaintance or stranger in which a child is detained overnight, transported at least 50 miles, held for ransom or abducted with intent to keep the child permanently, or killed.
*Stranger: A perpetrator whom the child or family do not know, or a perpetrator of unknown identity.
*Slight acquaintance: A nonfamily perpetrator whose name is unknown to the child or family prior to the abduction and whom the child or family did not know well enough to speak to, or a recent acquaintance who the child or family have known for less than 6 months, or someone the family or child have known for longer than 6 months but seen less than once a month.
We’re sure that when you came to this page that you didn’t need to be told that missing children is a scary prospect and the defense and safety of your children should be your primary concern. If these stats scare or worry you the we apologize. However, with kidnapping and missing children being such a grave national issue we felt that it would be better to be as blunt as possible for your knowledge and awareness.