AMBER Alert Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol
Date Verified: 4.28.2013
An AMBER Alert or a Child Abduction Emergency (SAME code: CAE) is a child abduction alert bulletin in several countries throughout the world, issued upon the suspected abduction of a child, since 1996. AMBER is officially a backronym for “America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response” but was originally named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old child who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996.
Amber Alert Statistics
Alert Type Total 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Amber Activations 190 16 17 19 24 12 14 20 20 31 17
Victims Recovered 225 12 18 27 31 14 13 23 23 44 20
Stranger Abductions 37 2 4 4 3 5 2 4 2 4 6
Parental Abductions 77 6 6 10 13 2 5 8 8 13 6
Acquaintance Abductions 55 3 4 4 5 4 5 9 7 12 4
Hoaxes 12 3 2 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 0
Unfounded 9 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 1
Suspects Apprehended 114 8 11 12 13 8 5 15 11 17 11
Alerts Requested but Not Activated 356 13 20 56 20 46 29 40 46 78 8
The exact criteria for an AMBER alert to take place depends on the state where the event takes place. All AMBER alert statistics in general cover all minors that are 17 years old or younger. Some states may require that the child is in a serious life-threatening situation before an alert is issued and need to be confirmed by law enforcement officials to avoid the instances of false alarms.
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