WARWICKSHIRE Police will launch a new, non-emergency telephone number tomorrow (Tuesday) making it easier for members of the public to report crime and disorder and make general enquiries.
101, which is already live in several force areas across the country, is an easy to remember number which goes directly to the local control room no matter where you are dialling from.
It takes away the need to search for the local force number and should reduce the volume of unneccessary 999 calls.
The new number can be used to report if a car has been stolen or property has been damaged or vandalised, to report a minor traffic collision, to provide information about crime or to contact a local policing team.
101 is being rolled out across England and Wales by the end of 2011, meaning it can be used across the whole area.
Superintendent Adrian McGee said: “When calling 101 the system will determine your location and connect you to the local police force. You will receive a message telling you which police force you are being connected to. If you are on a boundary between two or more forces you can choose which force you would like to be connected to.
“This new number will provide a simple and quick way to contact Warwickshire Police, helping to protect our communities from harm. 101 increases the number of ways that people can contact the police – not just to contact us but it can be used throughout the country to contact the local police force whenever it is needed.”
101 does not replace 999, which should still be used in an emergency, when a crime is in progress, there is a danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
The new number will cost 15 pence from landlines and mobile phones for the entire call, no matter how long the call or what time of day it is.