IF IT’S A CRIME AT THE TIME DIAL 999 IF NOT 101 OR GO ONLINE Report online here REMEMBER TO TAKE THE REGISTRATION NUMBER.
An example of a suspicious incident: One night a resident saw a car stopped, not properly parked, near the book exchange/telephone box at the top of Grange Lane junction with High Street. Engine running, lights on, for about 25 mins. Should they have reported it, with the registration number, to 101? The Police said yes! Do not delay. Let the operator decide the importance of the call. It will be logged and could be tied to other suspicious events reported locally.
This was raised at the last NHW meeting and I hope that the below explains it a little clearer. The advice I would give would be…
When should I use 999 ?
999 is for reporting emergency situations only; below is a helpful mnemonic to remember when to use it.
P Phone 999 only if
O Offenders are nearby
L Life is at risk
I Injury is caused or threatened
C Crime or disorder is in progress
E Emergency situations
When should I use 101?
- if you’ve had a minor traffic collision
- if your property has been damaged
- if your car has been stolen – not at time of offence
- if you suspect drug dealing
- if you’ve witnessed a crime – not crime in progress
- if you have information about criminals in your local area
- if you’ve seen a missing person
- if you need crime prevention advice
- if you want to speak to a local police officer/ your local Neighbourhood Policing Team
- if you want to speak to the police about any other incident that doesn’t require an immediate response
- if you want to make us aware of any policing issues in your local area
What is 101?
101 is now the number to call when you want to get through to your local police when it’s less urgent than 999.
It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls to 101 from land lines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long you are on the phone.