1. ITV Report

More than 3,700 people reported missing to Cumbria Police in 2018

The force says it does everything in its power to locate those missing as quickly as possible Credit: ITV Border

More than 3,700 people were reported missing to Cumbria Police in 2018 - that's 900 more than in 2016, when officers received 2,826 reports.

Last year almost half (49%) of those reported missing were classified as 'high risk'.

Efforts by police resulted in 76% of missing people in 2018 being located within 24 hours.

The figures have been released as part of a focus on the work conducted by the Constabulary to locate missing people:

  • 2018 - 3,719 people missing
  • 2017 - 3,218 people missing
  • 2016 - 2,826 people missing

In 2018:

  • 1,820 were classed as 'high risk'
  • 2,269 were children (under the age of 18)
  • 2,849 were found within 24 hours

When a person is reported missing officers work to assess the threat or risk to the individual.

Once the level of vulnerability is determined officers begin investigation enquiries.

Tactics such as specialist search officers and dogs, to telephone and banking enquiries, are used to locate missing people as quickly as possible.

Cumbria Police says an important factor in ensuring a person is found safely and quickly is early reporting a missing individual when concern grows.

Detective Superintendent Furzana Nazir said:

There are many reasons why a person may go missing and this is why we work closely with our trusted partner agencies to get appropriate support for those individuals when found.

Every child that goes missing is subject of an automatic referral to Children’s Services, likewise vulnerable adults are subject to a referral to Adult’s Services.

These referrals are crucial in joining up assistance for those most vulnerable. Help and support will be offered in order to ensure an individual can address why they had gone missing and prevent doing so in the future.”

– Furzana Nazir, Detective Superintendent, Cumbria Police

Detective Superintendent Nazir added:

It is crucial that if you have concern for a loved one, a friend or an associate that you report it to police as early as you can so we can conduct the necessary enquiries to ensure the safety of an individual.

Fortunately it is very rare that a missing person reported will be found to be a victim of a serious crime, however they may be exposing themselves to danger.

Some missing persons may not be in possession of necessary medication. I would urge anyone who has concerns for a person to get in touch and we will do all we can to find them safe and well.”

– Furzana Nazir, Detective Superintendent, Cumbria Police

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall said:

Every missing person’s case is different and this variety of circumstances surrounding a missing person investigation often means multiple agencies working together within a tight time frame.

This is critical work for the protection of our local communities and residents of Cumbria, we can all help by alerting the police if we have concerns for a missing person."

– Peter McCall, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria