Dear all, if you’re caught in a situation where you are unable to speak for fear of revealing your position, making it impractical to call “999”, (such as a hostage situation or hiding from an attacker), you can now send a SMS to 71999 to seek assistance.

If you require emergency assistance and when it is not safe to call ‘999’, you should:

1) Compose a brief SMS message containing information on the nature of emergency (what has happened, or is happening) and the location where it is happening at
2) Send a message to 71999
3) When your message is successfully received by the police emergency operator, an acknowledgement message will be sent back to you.
4) Where necessary, emergency operators may need to seek further information or clarification from you
5) After obtaining the necessary information, depending on the type of emergency reported, police, ambulance or fire rescue personnel may be dispatched.

Click on the link below to find out more!

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