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Police urge residents to report missing people

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“The immediate response by the SAPS can save a life.”

THE SAPS in the Northern Cape has noted an increase in the number of missing person cases that have been reported to the police.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that the SAPS emergency number (08600 10111) or the e-mail detective helpline ([email protected]) can be utilised to report a missing person.

He urged residents to report a missing person immediately.

“The immediate response by the SAPS can save a life. As much information as possible should be provided when reporting a case at the local police station.

“It is advisable to always have a recent photograph of the person, while it is also important to take note of the clothes the missing person was wearing at the time of their disappearance.

“The investigating officer should be kept updated on any developments at all times.”

Kock advised that elderly persons and those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or any mental or physical disabilities should wear bracelets with emergency contact numbers.

“Parents should always know where their toddlers and children are at all times,” he added.

“Children should be taught not to speak to strangers and should always be accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians must know the contact numbers of their child’s friends, their names, their parents’ names and numbers.”

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