SOS calls are not kids’ play, warn police

ABU DHABI — The Operations Department of the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police called upon parents 
to teach their children about the 
importance of the emergency number, 999.

By (Wam)

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2011, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:48 AM

The police asked parents to keep a close watch on their kids that they won’t play with the emergency number.

The figures released by the Operations Department indicated that around 481,640 SOS calls were received by the Central Operations Room during the first quarter of this year and 50 per cent of them were either nuisance calls or inquiries and some others were frivolous play by kids.

Colonel Ali Mohammed Al Dhahiri, Director of the Operations Department, Abu Dhabi Police said: “Over half of the emergency calls received by the operations room throughout the first quarter of this year were trivial calls and those include the calls dialed randomly by kids and inquiry about petty things.”

“The total such calls came to 242,146,” he added.

The major reason for the mischief made by kids is lack of family surveillance over their children as family plays a key role in educating their offspring not to play with phones, he pointed out.

The operations room, he said, judges the calls depending on the volume and kind of hoax calls, and if repeated, competent authorities will be reported to take legal action against owners of such telephone numbers.

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