This is the highest in over a decade. Action Against Abduction’s research suggests that this trend is the result of large increases in the number of non-parental child abduction offences².
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) recorded 35 offences of child abduction in 2018/19, compared to 27 the previous year³.
Police-recorded offences include completed abductions (where a child is actually taken) and attempted abductions. However, many more incidents go unreported to the police and some incidents that are reported may not be recorded.
¹ Office for National Statistics (2019) Crime in England and Wales, year ending March 2019. Office for National Statistics.
² Newiss, G. (2016) Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping 2013/14 to 2014/15 England, Wales and Northern Ireland. London: Action Against Abduction.
³Police Service of Northern Ireland (2019) Trends in Police Recorded Crime in Northern Ireland Monthly update, period ending 31 March 2019. Belfast: Police Service Northern Ireland.
⁴Scottish Government (2019) correspondence.