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Crime Prevention : Safety Tips
- The is NO waiting period before reporting a person as
missing; time is of the essence so it should be done
immediately. The sooner you report a missing person to the
police, the sooner they can assist you in searching for
- Go to the nearest police station to report a missing
- When reporting a missing person, you need a clear,
recent photograph and all basic information on the missing
person, as well as the exact circumstances of his/her
disappearance in order to enable the police to assist you.
- To assist the police when reporting a missing person,
know the schedules and movements of loved ones and family
members; know your children's friends. Make a point of
remembering the clothing they wear. This information is
absolutely necessary for investigations.
- When a missing person is found or returns home
voluntarily, you should return to the SAPS as soon as
possible and report it to them. This is important in order
for them to cancel the information on police records.
- The number to call with any information on a missing
person's whereabouts is SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.
After you have taken IMMEDIATE ACTION by reporting a missing
child to your local police station, there are always FOLLOW-UP
actions you can take:
- Check or visit several local spots that the missing
child frequently visited.
- Have posters or fliers with a picture of the missing
child made and place them in store windows or notice boards
in the community.
- Check again with your child's friends, school,
neighbours, etc. Don't exclude old boyfriends, friends made
at school camps, friends from out of town, friends made on
the computer, etc.
- Search for clues in your child's bedroom, computer
files, diary, etc.
- Ask the police to request the Bureau for Missing Persons
to publicize the case in the print and electronic media.
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