Crime: Crime Rates: Kidnapping

Overall national rate (per 1000 total victims) of kidnapping by age of victims.
Overall national rate (per 1000 total victims) of kidnapping by age of victims.  

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Kidnapping Capitol of America, Second in the World
Published Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

It has been reported that Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America. With 370 cases alone last year, Phoenix is now second in the world only to Mexico City. Phoenix Police Chief Andy Anderson says the Mexican Drug Cartels have ‘expanded business across the border’ from Texas to California.  News investigations discovered cases of chopped-off hands, legs and heads when a victim’s families don’t pay quickly enough. A majority of the victims are illegal aliens whose families back in Mexico are contacted for ransom.  To combat the crime wave, the Phoenix police created the Home Invasion Task Force, a special unit comprised of officers from all departments.

According to the Department of Justice, kidnapping makes up 2% of all violent crimes against juveniles.  Risk of kidnapping steadily increases with age, increases greatly from 10-35 yeaers, after which the risk steadily decreases.  Several distinct kinds of kidnapping exist: 49% of all kidnappings are “family kidnappings,” 27% are “acquaintance kidnappings,” and 24% are “stranger kidnappings.”  The FBI states that 85% to 90% of the 876,213 persons reported missing in 2000 were juveniles. Between 1982 and 2000, the number of persons kidnapped in a year has risen 468%.

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