Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons.
It runs between Sunday, August 4 and Saturday, August 10.
People go missing for many different reasons - conflicts within families and other relationships, mental illness, natural disaster or through suspicious circumstances.
This is an issue that has the potential to affect everyone irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, culture, profession or educational background.
If you suspect a friend or family member has gone missing, you don't have to wait 24 hours to take action, you should 'Follow Your Instincts' and report the matter to police immediately.
Keys in vehicles: I've been writing "On The Beat" for at least five years now and my only hope is that people read it and think about the little nuggets of information contained in the articles.
The other week I wrote about leaving your keys in your car when it is not in use.
I am wondering if I had made a mistake or there was an error in printing because cars are still being parked with the keys left in the ignition or centre console.
As a consequence of this practice, cars with keys inside are still getting stolen.
I have decided to up the font and increase the boldness of the text to try to indicate the importance of securing you motor vehicle.
Do not leave the car keys in the car when the car is not in use, either on the street or in the garage.
If the practice continues I will have to visit the topic again and I will be left with no other option than to use Bold Capital letters.
So be warned.
Remember you can Dob in a Druggie any time you like by contacting Nowra Police or ringing Crime Stoppers. Do not drink and drive. As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email email@example.com.
Don't forget, cops are tops.
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