Few experiences are more terrifying for parents than having their child go missing.
A new scheme launched by Crime Stoppers in Toowoomba this week aims to avoid those situations by helping vulnerable members of the community reunite with loved ones more quickly and easily.
Designed for young children, dependant elderly, and people with disabilities, the Reunite Service will provide needed assistance to those who may be unable to communicate for themselves if lost, hurt or distressed.
A secure online registration process allows all crucial identification information to be stored including next of kin contact details, emergency medical information and a current photo.
The child or vulnerable adult wears a wristband that has an identification number, and a Reunite contact phone number, which someone who finds that person can ring.
Phoning that number allows Crime Stoppers to directly contact next of kin in an emergency, or distribute information directly to police, the Reunite Service will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to reunite separated parties.
Darling Downs Crime Stoppers Chair Marcus Osborne was at the Toowoomba launch and spoke of its application in the Toowoomba community.
“The Reunite Service will positively contribute to the safety of those most vulnerable on the Downs, and I welcome the initiative,” Mr Osborne said.
“It offers peace of mind both for parents and those who have to be responsible for others in the community who may have difficulty if they become lost or disoriented.
“This is a great concept that I urge all people across the Downs to consider.”
To register or for more information go to www.reuniteservice.com.au