Grande Prairie child makes over forty 911 calls in one day

A BlackBerry Q10 smartphone is shown.
A BlackBerry Q10 smartphone is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Officials in Grande Prairie are growing concerned over a recent increase in false 911 calls in the northern Alberta city.

On Monday, one child made 44 different unnecessary 911 calls, all from a wireless device that was no longer in service.

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The incident is prompting RCMP to warn parents to keep an eye on their children if they are playing with a cellphone, even if it’s not on or not activated.

They say even if cellphones are no longer in service, if the phone has a battery and power is being supplied to it – it’s easy for a 911 call to be made.

Every 911 call made results in a file being created and an investigation being conducted to ensure there is no emergency.

Subsequently, each fake 911 call takes resources away from legitimate calls.


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