National Missing Persons Week
Posted on 06/08/2019
This week is National Missing Persons Week, and Crime Stoppers is proud to support this worthy initiative and help raise awareness.
Over 38,000 missing persons reports are submitted to police every year in Australia.
Over 98% of people reported missing are located, and almost all of those found are found alive and well.
The reasons why someone goes missing can include anxiety and depression, misadventure, homelessness, dementia, domestic violence, becoming a victim of crime, and drug/alcohol abuse.
At this point there are 2,600 long-term missing people (those who have been missing for more than 3 months).
Anyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or educational background, may become a missing person; however, adults are more likely to be listed as long-term missing persons.
They are more than a statistic – they are fathers and daughters; students, academics and more – all with loved ones left behind with more questions than answers.
Anytime you have concerns for the safety and welfare of someone and their whereabouts are unknown you can report them missing to your local police.
You DO NOT have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing.
Going missing is not a crime. If you have been reported as a missing person and make contact with police, your privacy will be maintained.
Visit https://missingpersons.gov.au to find out more.
If you have any information on missing persons call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to www.crimestoppers.com.au.