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Spike in 999 calls to police over Halloween and bonfire night

Spike in 999 calls to police over Halloween and bonfire night

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:50pm 21st November 2019. (Updated at 2:07pm 21st November 2019)

It has been revealed that police in Cornwall and Devon received a spike in calls over Halloween and bonfire night.

The south west force says there was a 23% increase in calls to 999 compared to the same time last year.

But it is warning that many of the calls were not emergencies and people should only call the emergency number when it is absolutely necessary.

You should phone 999 immediately if life is threatened, if people are injured, if there is a fire, if offenders are nearby, if immediate action is required to save lives, stop injury or catch criminals.

Police say inappropriate examples have included things such as people reporting lost items, noisy neighbours or to check if your plug sockets are working.

Deaf/hard of hearing and speech impaired:

18000 Emergency – Minicom/Textphone number

999 Emergency -  SMS/Text number

To register your mobile for the Emergency Text 999 service please follow this link: emergency SMS.

Preparing for emergencies:

If you are involved in any emergency it is important to:

  • Make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life
  • Do not put yourself or others in danger
  • Follow the advice of the emergency services
  • Try to remain calm and think before acting and try to reassure others
  • Check for injuries - remember to attend to yourself before attempting to help others
  • If you are not involved in an accident but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is: GO IN, STAY IN, TUNE IN

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