NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Councilman Andy King (D-12th) was sounding the alarm Thursday, with more than a dozen girls having been reported missing in the Bronx in the last two years.

“There’s a problem when you have 14, 15 girls that have disappeared and no one has found them,” King told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “That’s a problem.”

The girls range in age from 12 to 19. Six of them were reported missing this month alone, including two who vanished June 23. King is partnering with local merchants to create safe haven zones.

“We will have decals posted in all these locations so if a child finds themselves in a real unsafe condition, NYPD will get a call and when they get a call from a safe haven location they will know that there’s imminent danger present,” King said.

Three of the girls who vanished this month have been found and reunited with their families.

The NYPD has classified most of the cases as runaways, but is investigating the councilman’s claims.

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