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 TypeTotal2011201020092008200720062005200420032002
Amber Activations19016171924121420203117
Victims Recovered22512182731141323234420
Stranger Abductions372443524246
Parental Abductions776610132588136
Acquaintance Abductions5534454597124
Hoaxes123203101110
Unfounded92110020111
Suspects Apprehended11481112138515111711
Alerts Requested but Not Activated3561320562046294046788
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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