Friday 23 February 2018

Police use iPhone app to trace missing man

Emma Hallett, Press Association

POLICE have used an iPhone app to find a missing man, a force said today.

Officers in Gloucestershire Police's control room were able to help reunite a missing man with his worried family by using the free app.

On July 2, police received a call from a woman reporting that her husband was missing and that she was very concerned for his welfare.

The wife told police the man was in his car and had taken his iPhone with him.

Quickly officers began physical searches for the man, which involved a lot of police resources but, as the man's wife could recall log in details for his phone, they were able to access an app called Find My iPhone to help with the search.

By using the app, Sergeant James Wyatt in the control room was able to locate and track the man's phone on a map and direct officers involved in the search directly to him.

Inspector Arman Mathieson, who works in the control room, said: "We will always do everything within our power to make sure individuals are kept safe from harm.

"By using the app when we were first made aware of the concerns for this man we were able to respond directly to where the male was located, ultimately leading to a man's life being saved, via an efficient and dynamic approach." Gloucestershire Police also said this and similar apps could help see stolen or lost iPhones and iPads returned to their rightful owner.

"It's important for members of our community to take personal responsibility for valuable technology like mobile phones and iPads," Inspector Mathieson said.

"Downloading this type of app can help save you from having to replace an expensive piece of kit if it is lost of stolen.

"It will also help lead police to the minority within our community who decided to break the law and help see them arrested and put before the courts."

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