The Icelandic police in the Reykjavík area do everything in its power to keep from having to advertise missing children, RÚV reports. The police do this in order to protect the missing children, as paedophiles and drug dealers are believed to use these kinds of adverts and reports. Police authorities have placed a special emphasis on this since 2015, and reports for missing children are only posted in emergency cases.
The number of request for searches for missing children has already reached the number from last year, and 2017 was a record year for search requests. Last year the police searched for 83 children but the number has already reached 87 children this year. In 2015, there were 187 search requests for missing children, and police authorities only advertised for a missing child two times.
2016 - 190 search requests, 2 advertisements for missing children
2017 - 249 search requests, 3 advertisements for missing children
2018 (as of November 1st) - 249 search requests, 10 advertisements for missing children
Guðmundur Fylkisson, head watch officer for the Reykjavík metropolitan police, says there is good reason for the police electing to steer away from advertising missing children. "These children have enough problems already. And by posting their name and photo we must keep in mind that the internet never forgets. There are also undesirable individuals who try to contact them afterwards, as soon as they have their names, or from the photos, they try contact them as they see them on the street", Guðmundur commented.
The police remove photos and names of children after they have been found. Guðmundur encourages parents and media to do the same once the missing child has been found.