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NCJ Number: 119291 Find in a Library
Title: Reported Missing Children in New York State, 1988
Corporate Author: Florida Dept of General Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of General Services
Tallahassee, FL 32304
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1984, New York State responded to the problem of missing and exploited children by establishing, through statute, a central statewide Missing Children Register.
Abstract: Reports of missing children rose 47 percent since the introduction of the Register, however much of the increase may be due to improvements in reporting and increased sensitivity and awareness of child safety issues. While large numbers of cases were reported, the majority were also cancelled within a relatively short period of time. Most of the missing children cases involved older females. While cases involving stranger abduction have typically generated the most publicity and concern, these cases are statistically very rare. Almost nine out of every ten cases of children reported missing were classified as runaways. Although the majority of these runaways return home voluntarily and not as a result of law enforcement investigation, both the causes and consequences of running away suggest that these youths are particularly at risk. 10 tables, 7 figures, appendix.
Main Term(s): Missing children
Index Term(s): Crimes against children; Juvenile statistics; New York
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