Emily Stone’s Crime Watch Tip — (9-1-1)

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Crime Tips, Safety Tips
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When should you call 9-1-1?

You should call 9-1-1 when any life or property is endangered, suspicious activity, or a crime in progress. 

Be observant and calm so that you can describe the 5 “W”s to the police or dispatcher.

1.                  Who – person(s) involved

2.                  What – the incident or what’s happening

3.                  When – the time it occurred

4.                  Where – the location or address

5.                  Weapons – the type(s) and quantity used

Try and remember these three areas if possible when describing a crime or suspicious activity.  Write down this information on a piece of paper while it’s still fresh in your mind.  It can be easy to forget some important details because of being scared, excited, sidetracked, or overwhelmed.

  • Perpetrator

Think about the person from top to bottom: gender, race, hair color and length, eye color, height, weight, age, unique specifics (scars, tattoos, glasses, hat, etc.), and clothing type.

  • Vehicle

Take a good look at the car involved: color, year, make/model, body style (2 or 4 door, pick up, hatchback), and unique specifics (dents, bumper stickers, different color body parts, etc.).

  • Direction of travel

Note the direction of travel.  This can be extremely important for the police and they may be able to catch the perpetrator immediately based on this information.

Be sure to have your local emergency numbers available for quick and easy access for your entire family. 

Talk to your children about these types of emergencies and prepare them to call the police if necessary with the guidelines listed above.

For more information about crime and emergencies, please don’t hesitate to contact your local police department or community service officer.

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