The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that children are most likely to be the victim of abduction when they are walking to and from school or school-related events.
Among the reported trends:
* 38 percent of attempted abductions occurred while a child was walking to or from school, riding a school bus or riding a bicycle.
* 37 percent occurred between 2 and 7 p.m. on a weekday.
* 43 percent involved children ages 10 through 14.
* 72 percent of attempted abduction victims were female.
NCM&EC President Ernie Allen said the findings are supported by a national incidence study conducted by the federal Justice Department several years ago that focused on successful abductions.
“As we tracked these and began to capture basic information about them, there were some clear patterns that were emerging,” he said. “And so frankly, we thought this was the kind of information that moms and dads needed to know about.”
More on this and one mothers story go here: