Currently in New South Wales, over 160 people are reported missing each week. For their family and friends, the wait for contact or information can be agonising. NSW Police Missing Persons Unit provides Operational Support to our police in the field to locate persons reported as 'Missing'. About 99% of missing persons are located, often with the help of the community.
In 2010, some 11,595 people were reported Missing in NSW and more than 35,000 Australia wide. 65% of people reported missing are under the age of 18.
NSW Police Missing Persons Unit provides Operational Support to our police in the field. A Missing Person is defined as, anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.
It is important for people to be aware that being reported missing is not a crime and that it is the aim of the NSW Police Force to ascertain if the missing person is safe and well.
Reports must be taken in person at any NSW Police Station and cannot be accepted via email or over the phone. When you attend a police station to report someone missing, it will help Police if you bring along the following information: a recent photograph of the missing person, a list of the names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and associates, likely destinations eg. favourite places, work locations or places with past connections, any medical requirements or medications they need, a full description of the missing person including height, weight, colour of eyes and hair, and bank account details.
If your report does not meet the above definition and relates to family tracing or family reunion you should make contact with one of the agencies listed below.
Who will help you?
There are many agencies that specialise in finding missing people. These agencies have national and international contacts. The people who work at these agencies understand how you feel. Some of them have actually experienced the trauma of having someone they care about going missing. They want to help you. They function as a team and work tirelessly to find each missing person.
The following agencies will help you:
The NSW Police Force Missing Persons Unit is highly respected and coordinates inquiries within Australia and overseas. NSW Police Force successfully locates over 99% of all persons reported missing.
If you need to report a missing person or have an enquiry about a current missing person, please contact your local police station. Note that a missing persons report can only be made in person and cannot be taken over the phone.
If you have information concerning a missing person, please contact your local police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The Australian Red Cross Tracing Unit undertakes to assemble and cross reference all available information about the missing person and thus help, reestablish family contact.
The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit Counselling Service can provide support to families of missing persons. They can be contacted by telephone on 1800 227 772 or via their website at https://www.missingpersons.justice.nsw.gov.au/.
It is important for people to be aware that being reported missing is not a crime and that it is the aim of the NSW Police to ascertain if the missing person is safe and well.