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- Crime Prevention Education
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Identifying and Reporting a suspected drug house or Grow Operation
- Missing Persons
- Parent Safety Tips
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- Senior Safety
- Street Proofing Your Kids
How to Report a Missing Person
I think someone is missing what should I do?
If you answer YES to any of the following questions then call the police immediately to file a report.
- Is the disappearance a result of a possible kidnapping/abduction or other criminal offence situation?
- Is the missing person a young child who is normally supervised/monitored but cannot be accounted for?
- Is the missing person someone who requires constant care (e.g Alzheimer, diminished mental ability)?
- Is there reason to believe the missing person is going to attempt suicide?
If you answered NO to the above questions here is a list of some of the checks that should be conducted prior to contacting the police:
- If the missing person is a child or someone of diminished mental ability make sure you conduct a full search of their residence and surrounding property while waiting for the police to arrive.
- Attempt to contact the missing person on their cell phone or other contact numbers.
- Check their place of employment or school to see if they have been delayed.
- Contact all local hospitals to ensure the missing person has not been admitted as a result of an accident or injury.
- Contact other family members to see if they have seen or heard from the missing person.
- Contact all known friends to see if they are with the missing person or have seen or heard from them.
- If missing is 12 or older, check with the local police station to see if they have been arrested and are currently in custody. For children under 12, they may be in contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
- Check internet access for recent use and profile updates (i.e., Facebook, Nexopia, Hotmail, hi5 etc.)
- If possible check their place of residence for any notes, appointments or indication of where they may be.
Information for the Police:
The following is a list of information that will be useful in assisting the police officer when they come to your house but is not mandatory.
- A list of a missing person's friends, family and their contact information including name, relationship, address, phone number and cell phone number.
- Make sure that you have accurate information regarding the missing person’s physical description including a recent photograph.
- A list of places the missing person frequents or likes to hang out.
- A personal item which contains DNA (e.g. toothbrush, personal hairbrush, etc.)
- A list of places and people that you checked prior to contacting police.
- Identify any items that may have been taken from missing person's room. Did they take anything with them prior to leaving (e.g. clothing, sentimental items, diary etc.)?
- Does the missing person have access to money or a bank account, and if so, how much and which bank?
- The missing person's cell phone number, email address and any known passwords.
- Does the missing person have a history of using alcohol or drugs.
- Does the missing person have any medical conditions that require medication or treatment (if yes, provide a list of conditions and medication required).
- Identify a contact person that the police could call 24/7 should they require information or have updates for the family.
- If the missing person is a child/teenager, is there a custody order?
When to Call Police:
If you think a friend or family member may be missing and attempts to locate them have failed, please contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP non-emergency number at 604-463-6251 to file a Missing Person report.
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