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Essex: Police urge appropriate use of 999 during Halloween period
3:32pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
Essex Police is urging people to use the appropriate number if they need to contact officers during the Halloween period.
The force expects to answer as many as 500 extra calls a day over Halloween, 150 of which will be 999 calls.
A spokesman said: "Members of the public should never hesitate to call 999 in a genuine emergency such as where there is a crime or serious incident in progress, a serious risk of injury or a risk of serious damage to property.
"However, if you need to raise a concern or get in touch for advice, then please use the non-emergency number 101."
Essex Police head of customer services Claire Heath "Essex Police is here to help everyone in need.
"However, past experience shows that during the Halloween period the 999 number is used to report matters such as young people 'trick or treating’ in a local area, or pets being scared by fireworks.
"Such matters are most appropriately reported to police using the non-emergency, 101, number.
"It is very important that the 999 number is kept free so that officers can respond to genuine emergencies as soon as possible."
Halloween Calls: On an average day Essex Police answers about 3,000 calls to 999 or 101.
But during Halloween this rises to 3,500, with the majority of calls being received from 7pm to 10pm.
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