THERE has been a call for people leaving home to advise their families of their whereabouts.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the issue of missing persons was becoming a serious concern.
She said on average, police receive reports every second day of someone missing from home or failing to return.
"However, upon search, the person would be found at a friend's or relative's home," she said.
"We are requesting members of the public to keep in touch and inform your family of your whereabouts, especially if you are going out on a trip and are expected at a certain time.
"A simple phone call will help keep your family informed and avoid a search being conducted which more often than not ends in a missing person staying at a friend or relative's home."
Meanwhile, Ms Naisoro is appealing for public assistance after Vatiseva Tinanikalou, 15, of Wainimakutu Secondary School went missing from Struan St in Suva on Saturday morning.
She is 165 centimetres tall, of slim build and fair complexion. Ms Naisoro said that at 9am on Saturday, Vatiseva's father met her at the Suva Bus Stand where they did some shopping and went to Struan St at 1pm to wait for a carrier.
Her father left her with other women from the village from where she went missing.
Ms Naisoro said Vatiseva was last seen wearing a pink round neck T-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a grey sports bag.