Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Missing Persons Week a Reminder to Be Vigilant

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Missing Persons Week a Reminder to Be Vigilant

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EVERY week in the Coffs Clarence police local area command, people go missing.

"Happily the vast majority are returned home or linked up with their family in a very short time," Coffs Clarence acting crime manager Peter O'Reilly said.

He said aside from short-term missing people, active cases of people who are reported missing from this area usually sit at about 20 people.

"They vary over a wide range of demographics. There's no rhyme or reason, age, sex or race; it's a wide cross-section of our community,a he said.

This week is Missing Persons Week, and one of the key messages of NSW Police is not to wait the mythical 24 hours a made popular on television shows a to report a person missing.

"Families and people in relationships are the best judges of character and know if something is wrong. Contact us as soon as possible if you have concerns about anyone," he said.

"Don't wait for 24 hours. There are a lot of things we might be able to put in place within 24 hours. …

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