Gladstone Area Crime Stoppers Committee chairman Len Smith and fellow volunteers will promote the Reunite Service at the Crime Prevention Family Fun Day on Saturday.
Gladstone Area Crime Stoppers Committee chairman Len Smith and fellow volunteers will promote the Reunite Service at the Crime Prevention Family Fun Day on Saturday. Brenda Strong

New community safety initiative

LOSING your child is every parent’s biggest fear.

A family outing or a simple trip to the shops can go horribly wrong when your child wanders off – gone in a matter of seconds.

Time is often a critical factor in ensuring a positive outcome, which now days could be as simple as registering for the Reunite Service.

Crime Stoppers Queensland is encouraging parents, carers and guardians to register for the Reunite Service – a bold new community safety initiative which provides crucial identification information at a critical time.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia to have State Police and State Government support, and is currently only available in Queensland.

The Reunite Service is designed to help reunite separated loved ones with parents, guardians or carers quickly and effectively through the use of a face card and wristband featuring a corresponding identification number.

Locally, parents have the opportunity to register or learn more about the service by visiting the Gladstone Area Crime Stoppers Committee display at the Crime Prevention Family Fun Day at Gladstone PCYC today.

Gladstone Area Crime Stoppers Committee chairman Len Smith said volunteer members would be present on the day to raise awareness for the Crime Stoppers number and help launch the Reunite Service locally.

Mr Smith said parents could register their children with the Reunite Service in the chance their child got lost at an event or in a shopping centre.

He said it was a simple registration process where confidential information was collected and kept on file in the event your child does go missing.

“With your wristband and face cards you know help is only a phone call away,” Mr Smith said.

“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”

The Reunite Service is based upon the use of a highly secure database, only accessible by Crime Stoppers personnel, which stores a person’s crucial identification information, including a current photo, and allows it to be immediately available to police.

All information is current (within 12 months of renewal) and provides the most up-to-date photo and identification details within minutes to responding police if necessary.

In the event the child is not wearing the wristband at the time of their disappearance, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to search for details using the person’s name.

You can register for the Reunite Service at the Crime Stoppers stall or online by visiting www.reuniteservice.com.au.

REUNITE SERVICE FACTS

The service is currently only available in Queensland.

People can register as many loved ones as they wish.

Cost is $9.95 for a yearly registration fee.

Additional face cards are available for $3.95 each.

Registration details are renewed annually.

Each Reunite Service pack contains one face card and wristband per registration.

Face cards should be kept with you at all times.

Wristbands should be worn whenever there is the chance the registered person may become separated.

No personal information is carried on wristbands.



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