Date: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Listen: Abandoned 911-Calls Continue to Plague VicPD Communications Centre

Victoria BC – A high number of abandoned 911-calls are continuing to plague VicPD’s Communication Centre.

During the last 14 hours, between 5:30 p.m. last night and 7:30 a.m. this morning, VicPD’s Communications Centre had to answer, trace, and ensure the safety of 21 people when their abandoned calls were received.

Abandoned calls make up almost 30% of all 911 calls received by VicPD’s Communication Centre and tie up phone lines and resources needed for actual emergencies.

Please remember to lock your cell phone before putting it in your pocket, bag or purse. If you accidentally dial 911, please stay on the line so our staff can quickly ensure your safety. Finally, if your child is playing with an old cell phone, remember, disconnected cell phones can still dial 911.