In an emergency you should always dial
999 should only be used when:
- there is a danger to life or risk of injury being caused, such
as a serious road accident or assault
- a crime is in progress, such as a robbery, burglary or theft,
and the offender is still on the scene or has only just left the
- the immediate attendance of a police officer is necessary -
such as where someone is acting suspiciously and obviously about to
commit a crime.
Dialling 999 from a mobile phone
Callers who use mobile phones to dial 999 should be aware that
due to the different base stations used by phone companies, the
call may be answered by a police operator in another part of the
If you have to make an emergency call from a mobile phone please
tell the operator immediately where you are phoning from so that
your call is dealt with by the appropriate police force.