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Two-thirds waste emergency services resources

19th February 2009

A YouGov study has revealed that almost two-thirds of UK adults would dial 999 in non-urgent situations.

The study highlighted confusion over situations that warrant 999 calls, with a quarter of adults admitting they would dial emergency services to report graffiti, vandalism and other deliberate damage to property and 19% insisting they would call about a stolen bicycle. In addition 57% either did not know their local police force helpline number or were unaware that such services existed and 85% had no knowledge of the national, non-emergency 101 number.

 

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