How many children are abducted in England and Wales? The possible abduction of April Jones has
pushed the issue onto the front pages, but how common is
crime figures, published by the Office for
National Statistics, show 532 cases of child abduction reported to police in 2011/12. The figures do not include
Scotland, which has a separate justice system.
That figure is down 3% on the previous
year and much lower than the high of 1,035 cases in
But, as overall crime is going down too, what do those figures
mean? If you look at the rate of child abductions per 100,000 total offences, it
shows a small increase on last year, from 13.2 up to 13.4.
abductions rate per 100,000 offences
But how does it compare to other
offences against children? If you exclude sexual offences, it shows that child
abductions were 8% of those offences, so, small compared to child cruelty or
neglect, which accounted for 6,081 crimes. This only goes back to 2004, because
the law changed that year and created more child sex
It highlighted a Home Office report
from 2004, which looked at 798 police reports of child abduction in England and
Wales. Just over half (399) were attempted abductions. Out of the 798 reports,
56% (447) involved a stranger, 47% (375) were attempted abductions by a stranger
and 9% (72) of all reports were successful child abductions by a stranger; 23%
(183) of all reported abductions were parental. Those parental reports are only
counted as a child abduction by police if the children are taken
Courtesy of The Guardian newspaper.
The original link for this data is HERE with a download available in table format.