The number of missing persons reports has dropped by more than 50 per cent in the past three years, with the numbers of reported cases falling by around 15 per cent since 2016.
In the last year, there were 5,500 reported cases, with 4,700 people missing and another 4,400 missing for more than a year.
But the numbers don’t add up.
The numbers show the numbers are rising, not falling, and are actually on the rise, according to data released by the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Thursday.
In 2016, there was 3,800 reported cases of missing people, but that dropped to 1,200 in 2017.
And the number of reported missing people dropped from 4,000 in 2016 to 2,600 in 2017, but the number still dropped.
A spokesman for DHSS said the numbers show there are more missing people than there are cases of them.
“It’s not just that the number has fallen, but it’s that the cases are coming in more often,” said Greg Leighton.
“There are more people missing now than there were in the year before that.”
The spokesman said the DHSS is now working with the police and the coroner’s office to track the numbers and determine what is causing the drop.
Leighton said the department had seen a dramatic drop in missing people from the previous three years.
“When we were first looking at this, we didn’t expect to see a decrease in the number, but we did and it’s very encouraging,” he said.
DHSS says there are currently around 1,400 cases of Missing Persons each day in Victoria, which accounts for about 1.8 per cent of the total cases in Victoria. “
If you think of it, if we were to take our numbers down in the last three years by about 30 per cent, that would be a pretty significant decrease in cases.”
DHSS says there are currently around 1,400 cases of Missing Persons each day in Victoria, which accounts for about 1.8 per cent of the total cases in Victoria.
It is not clear if the number is increasing or falling.
The department says the most recent figures released by DHSS show a drop in the total number of cases from 9,200 cases in 2017 to 8,700 cases in 2018.
However, there is a clear trend in cases from 2016 to 2017.
In 2018, there had been 6,500 cases, but by the end of the year there were only 4,500, which is down from 5,000 cases in the previous year.
The reason for the increase in the numbers is unknown, but Leighton believes it has to do with the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on coronaviruses in people’s blood.
DHSS also says it has a new strategy in place to ensure that the correct information is given to the missing person reporting service when the missing people is identified.
“For example, we’re taking into account the fact it’s not really known whether the person has been exposed to the virus,” Leighton explained.
“They’re not necessarily aware they’ve been exposed, so if we get a report of a missing person, we try to get that person’s medical record, medical history, what they’re doing, where they’re at, what their symptoms are and where they live, and we do that in a very professional way.”
We also take into account that if we’re unable to contact them, it’s because they’re living somewhere where they can’t be traced, so we try and get them to contact us.
In some cases, a family member will not know the missing relative, so the DHCS is working with police and coronaviral specialist organisations to ensure information is provided to the family. “
The goal is to make sure that we’re doing the right thing for all people who need to contact the missing persons reporting service, whether they’re coming into contact with a missing family member, a missing partner, or someone else who has a missing relative,” she said.
In some cases, a family member will not know the missing relative, so the DHCS is working with police and coronaviral specialist organisations to ensure information is provided to the family.
The DHSS has also announced it will no longer issue missing person reports for the first few days of each month.
The service will now provide notifications for the missing family members for the next five days and for the week ending on Friday.
In response to questions about why the change was made, DHSS general manager of human services, Carolyn Kucharski, said the new strategy was developed to address concerns about missing person coverage.
“Because of the increased number of new cases of the coronvirus, it is imperative that we have the appropriate coverage to provide to people,” she wrote in an email.
“However, it will be necessary for us to make changes in our current reporting strategy as we monitor the situation and we continue to assess the impact of the pandemic on the community.”