The 911 Hotline Received Millions of Prank Calls in 2019

This is not cool.

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the 911 hotline received 2.54 million prank calls in 2019.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement released on March 4, “For every prank or incomplete call that you make, there could be other people out there whose lives may be in danger or who need emergency assistance but could not go through because the lines are busy.”

Out of the 18.48 million calls received last year, only 37,440 were legitimate. The rest were incomplete calls (9.716 million), non-emergency (16,763), and pranks (2.54 million).

When the 911 emergency hotline was launched in 2016, the hotline received 2,475 calls in its first seven hours. At least 1,356 were prank calls, and 304 of them were confirmed as such.

Please don’t do this, guys.

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