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Dutch riders: deliver food and search for missing people

The Hague / The Dutch “riders”, food delivery people who circulate on bicycles in the Netherlands, have begun to collaborate with the Police and the search service AMBER Alert to try to locate missing children and adults, taking their photographs minors printed on their delivery bags.

The Dutch cyclists of the Deliveroo service are part of a national campaign in the Netherlands entitled “Ride to Find”, in which the delivery drivers receive the alert directly on their mobile application, which once activated by the authorities means that the life of the missing person is in serious and immediate danger.

Some 40,000 people disappear every year, half of them minors. “The uncertainty for the family members is very great in these cases. Not knowing where a loved one is, or when they will return home, is the hardest thing for those who stay, ”explains Izanne de Wit, from the National Office for Missing Persons.

In addition to being updated on each of the disappearances of children that occur, the delivery men will carry on their backs, printed in their delivery bag, posters with the photo and the data of the person being searched for throughout the month of September. , to draw the attention of citizens and customers to these still unsolved cases.

An unprecedented collaboration

It is an unprecedented collaboration between the delivery men of a home delivery service and the official authorities of a country.

“It is the first time in the world that the delivery drivers will be alert to missing children who are in danger,” the national alert system on kidnappings and disappearances said in a statement.

For Frank Hoen, founder of AMBER Alert, the more people “look for a missing child, the greater the possibility of locating him soon” and the help of the delivery men “is a great asset” because “they are circulating all day on the road, They are not only clearly visible on the street, but they themselves also see many people ”.

At least 180 cyclists who deliver food in more than 18 Dutch cities will drive with photos of the missing in their delivery bags, a move Deliveroo says it “hopes to help the National Police solve pending cases”.

“All of us at Deliveroo are very proud of this partnership with AMBER Alert and the National Police. It is important for us to be able to contribute to the location of missing adults and children, although I wish it were not so necessary, “says Stijn Verstijnen, director of the Netherlands branch of this well-known home delivery company.

Gyms and ATMs

Attention to missing persons has been a priority for the Dutch authorities in recent years and, according to the Police, citizens have “often information and clues without realizing it” about cases of disappearances that remain unsolved, data that could help find out what happened to a person.

In 94% of the cases that AMBER Alert has been used so far, it turned out to be a success and the missing persons were found.

Earlier this year, outdoor advertising operator Exterion Media began displaying images of disappearance alerts on digital advertising screens, such as those in service stations or shopping centers.

The sports giant Fitness Basic-Fit also joined the Dutch Police and began displaying photos of children and adults on more than 1000 television screens in gyms.

Warnings about missing children also reached some 300 ATMs in the Netherlands after banks made their terminals available to authorities to help track missing persons.

ATM screensavers began to display photos and details of missing children, visible until the card is inserted to withdraw the money, an initiative that can also be seen in the machines at Schiphol Amsterdam and Rotterdam airports, as well as the Holland Casino branches, train stations and supermarkets. (September 5, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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