POLICE have revealed that mobile phone users are dialing 999 in a bid to boost their phone’s battery – putting lives in danger who may need emergency help.
As a result of the incredible rumour Derbyshire police has been forced to issue a statement appealing to people not to believe the myths which seem too outrageous to believe.
Many of the calls which lead to people immediately disconnecting once they have dialed the emergency number have been recorded as being from the Derbyshire area.
As a result, emergency personnel are spending precious time calling that person back to make sure they are okay and have then been told the reason for the call - much to their utter disbelief.
Officers have been forced to reveal the obvious – that a phone battery can only be boosted by a charger and by no other means.
The myth, which has been circulating for the last year, suggests that dialling 999 from a mobile and immediately disconnecting will charge the battery.
The idea has been traced back to comments on a Blackberry phone forum but frustrated Derbyshire police say this is ‘completely untrue’ and that this is putting lives in danger of people who desperately need help.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “There is no way any mobile phone battery can be boosted by anything other than a normal charger. We have received several silent 999 calls recently which have turned out to be people who are trying to get more charge on their phone.
“Every time we get a silent or aborted 999 call we have to spend time ringing that person back to ensure they are safe. That takes up valuable time which could be spent dealing with a real emergency.
“We’re appealing to anyone who hears this myth to ignore it and not waste their time or the time of emergency service personnel.”
Emergency services have received thousands of non-essential or hoax calls every year.
Lists have previously been released of the worst offenders’ calls which have clogged up the system.
It includes one caller who dialled 999 to demand police prosecute a Chinese takeaway because the meal he was expecting was 45 minutes late.
Another woke up in a panic because her duvet was covering her head.