Washington D.C. (KSDK) - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released back-to-school safety tips for children following a 7-year analysis of abductions.
A spokesman for the FBI St. Louis division says the NCMEC recently completed their analysis that showed children were at greatest risk of abduction when going to and from school and school-related activities.
The NCMEC says more than 7,000 attempted abductions occurred from February 1, 2005 through January 31, 2012. Most of the victims were girls between the ages of 10 and 14, and those who were successful in escaping walked or ran from the suspect, yelled, kicked, pulled away, or attracted attention.
Some of the tips include teaching children to take a friend with them when they go outside, telling children to stay in well-lit areas, and to resist if anyone tries to take them anywhere.
To view all of the safety tips, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website.