Due to a number of recent incidents of the misuse of the ‘999’ emergency number in the Antrim area Police are advising that it is important that people recognise that the 999 telephone number should be used for emergency purposes only.
Police said that people should think very carefully about what and who they require before wasting the already heavily burdened time of the emergency services.
All calls to an emergency service must be prioritised as and when they come in, and significant resources are spent dealing with such alerts to ensure public safety.
They added that time spent dealing with hoax, silent or nuisance callers can prevent police, and other emergency services from reaching people needing immediate assistance, ultimately putting lives in danger.
The abuse of the 999 system is an offence. The non-emergency telephone number for anyone wishing to contact the police is 101.