KIDNAPPING AND ABDUCTION
There was a 7.7% decrease in the number of kidnapping/abduction victims in Australia, from 596 in 2013 to a five year low of 550 in 2014.
In Australia during 2014:
- The kidnapping/abduction victimisation rate decreased to a five year low of 2.3 victims per 100,000 persons;
- The decrease in the number of kidnapping/abduction victims was largest for persons aged between 10 and 14 years (down 47% or 51 victims from 2013);
- Females accounted for a slightly larger proportion of all kidnapping/abduction victims (57% or 315 victims);
- Private dwellings were the most common location for kidnapping/abduction to occur (39% or 214 victims); and
- Just over half (51%) of all kidnapping/abduction investigations (280 victims) were finalised by police within 30 days.