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
- 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:
Detective Superintendent Nazir added:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall said: