Page updated: 30 November 2020
Consider the subject's likely behaviour by reviewing the profile of the subject, consulting experts, and using statistics on lost person behaviour (LPB).
The 13 categories of lost person are:
Consult the profile of the subject and people with relevant expertise to ensure you categorise the subject correctly.
Research on lost person behaviour (LPB) shows that people within each of the 13 categories tend to act similarly when they are lost.
Consult statistics on lost person behaviour used in the NZ search and rescue sector. Use Robert Koester’s International Search and Rescue Incident Database to calculate the subject's travel distance.
Statistics are based on averages and probability. This means that the behaviour of some subjects may fall outside of the statistics. Keep this in mind as you plan search activities.