Do you know when to call 999?
We, along with other emergency services, face a high demand amount of calls into 999.
But how many people know when they should call 999 and, in particular, the police rather than other organisations?
Recent information shows that not everyone does, with calls ranging from enquiries about flea infestations to 'no credit on my phone'. In light of this we are calling on you to help us keep our lines free for your emergencies only.
The campaign will feature a range of examples of calls via our social media channels, all leading back to one, clear message: only call 999 during an emergency.
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Due to a recent increase in vehicle crime in Netley, Bursledon and Hamble, please ensure that you are taking these simple security measures.
Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.
For extra security:
- Fit a car alarm
- Use a steering wheel lock
- Get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
- Always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
- When stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
- Take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
- Don't leave items in the glove compartment
- If you have a garage, use it
Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you.
When leaving your motorcycle:
- Always lock it to something secure and set the alarm
- Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
- Don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
- Use an immobiliser
Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passers-by to prevent anyone tampering with it.
If you do see anybody in the area acting suspiciously, please call 101 - or 999 if urgent.
PCSO Rachel Barry