Each year more than 38,000 missing persons reports are made to police in Australia. Thankfully most people are found within weeks, but there remain more than 2,600 people who’ve been missing long term in Australia, meaning missing for more than three months.
We want to help find them.
That’s why Uber Australia is proud to sign up as a Corporate Supporter of the Australian Federal Police’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC).
Uber is a huge community of people. We hope that the community of 82,000 driver and delivery partners who regularly use the Uber apps may be the eyes and ears the community needs to reconnect a missing person with their loved ones.
These drivers travel hundreds of kilometres each year, and help almost four million Australians safely make it from A to B. Those driver partners might be able to provide the clue that police need to find someone, to bring a family answers.
This National Missing Persons Week Uber will share long term missing persons profiles and information provided by the AFP’s NMPCC with driver and delivery partners across the country.
But Uber’s commitment goes well beyond this week. We’re introducing a permanent commitment to activations in our driver support centres across the country which will feature rotating stories of Australians who have gone missing. And we’ll be highlighting missing person profiles provided by the AFP’s NMPCC year round through our driver-partner and delivery partner newsletters.
We want to do what we can to raise awareness of this issue, including the reasons why people go missing and how people can help.
National Missing Persons Week started with the planting of a tree in Townsville. It has grown so much since then, raising incredible awareness of the important issues around why people go missing and helping reunite families and solving long-term cases. Uber Australia is proud to partner with the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre to help continue this legacy.
AFP Commander Justine Gough, Manager Child Protection, added that, “Everyone can play a role in finding missing people, and with the generous partnerships such as this one, we can reach a diverse range of people in the community who may have information that assist police.
“Thank you to Uber Australia for supporting our cause and helping families and friends of Australia’s 2,600 long-term missing persons.”
Anyone with information that could assist the police in missing persons cases are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.