Report a missing person
When a person is identified as missing, and it is an
emergency, always dial 999.
For all non-emergency cases, contact us on
When you call 999 or 101 to
report someone as a missing person we will;
- ask you for details of the missing person.
- assess whether the person is at low, medium or high risk (see
- begin enquiries straight away where a person is considered at
high or medium risk.
- ask for your consent to use publicity.
- keep you informed of the progress of the enquiry.
- speak to the missing person when found to try to reduce the
chances of them going missing again.
When a person is reported missing we will assess whether the
person is at low, medium or high risk:
- Low Risk suggests there is no apparent threat of danger to
either the missing person or the public.
- Medium Risk means it is possible that the missing person is in
danger or is a threat to him/herself or others.
- High Risk means we believe there is a real and immediate danger
to the safety of the missing person or to the public.
We will assess the level of risk by building up as accurate a
picture of the person and their personal circumstances as
To do this we will take in to account such things as;
- the person’s age.
- whether they need essential medication or treatment.
- whether they are on the Child Protection Register.
We will also consider the circumstances of the disappearance,
such as whether;
- the disappearance is out of character.
- there is a suspicion of murder.
- the missing person has financial, employment or relationship