You do not have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing. It is not wasting police time to report someone missing. We are here to protect you and your loved ones.
Your report will be dealt with by our control room in exactly the same way whether you report it online or call 101. You will get an email confirming that we've got your report and telling you what will happen next. And you may find it easier to answer the questions online at your own pace.
Before you start to fill in a missing person form, we will ask you a few questions to make sure reporting them missing online is the right thing to do.
Parental child abduction
Parental child abduction is not classed as a missing person.