TWO hundred and eighteen people under the age of 26 have been reported missing this year.
And police are calling on people to be more vigilant and monitor the movements of their children as the festive season starts.
"Police continue to receive reports of missing persons and this is usually a trend when the festive season starts and when the school holidays is just around the corner," police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said.
"This year, the Fiji Police Force has received a total of 277 missing persons reports compared to 241 last year."
Police statistics show that this year, six reports involve children less than 10 years and 83 with age range of 11 to 16 years old.
"The Fiji Police Force is concerned at the number of missing persons reports received and we are calling on members of the public to strictly monitor their family member's movements," Inspector Sokomuri said.