amber alert statistics

AMBER Alert Statistics

AMBER Alert Statistics Data
Total number of successful child recoveries using an AMBER Alert 758
Number of children saved because of Wireless Phone Emergency Alerts. 17
Percent of alerts where the father is the abductor 44 %
Percent of alerts where the mother is the abductor 26 %
Percent of alerts in which the child was abducted from their home 70 %
Alerts Type Total From 2015-2002
Amber Activations 818
Victims Recovered 277
Stranger Abductions 46
Parental Abductions 98
Acquaintance Abductions 68
Hoaxes 15
Unfounded 13
Suspects Apprehended 146
Alerts Requested but Not Activated 418
AMBER Alerts by Race of Child Activations Percent
White 46 %
Black 23 %
Hispanic 19 %
Biracial 8 %
American Indian 2 %
Asian 1 %
Unknown 0.4 %
States with the Highest Percent of Annual AMBER Alerts Percent of Alerts
Texas 10 %
Michigan 9 %
California 8 %
Ohio 7 %
North Carolina 6 %
Florida 4 %
Georgia 4 %

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.

Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol
Research Date: December 14th, 2015

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