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Have you ever called the police, ambulance or fire brigade?

Have you ever called the police or ambulance for a reason other than an emergency? If so, why?

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I'd only use 000 for an emergency, but I have called the police to report something (idiot teenagers setting fires in the bush near my home, during a hot dry summer, risking bushfires).
That is terrible. I hope they were able to do something about it!
by Naomi
I have called the police sometimes for noisy parties which is not an emergency. I am pretty lenient with my neighbours on the whole, but if the party is still loud at 3am, I might call the police. We had a neighbour who had a LIVE BAND once in their yard. They were actually quite good, so I tried to be lenient with that one. I was actually singing along, as I put the washing out, doing the dishes, and other chores. We also had a neighbour who used to ride up and down the street on a motorcycle which was EXTREMELY loud, without a helmet, on the weekends . None of the other neighbours liked it either. Our friend down the road used to live opposite him, so she was furious. I think he must have moved out because I haven't heard him for a while, but he might start up again once the warmer weather comes. I think the house has been rented to someone else now.
I love live music! I can just imagine hanging out the washing and dancing. What a great way to do it. Not nice when it's blaring at 3am!
by Naomi
I called the local fire brigade once to see if my kids could visit and look at the trucks. I have called the police twice. Once as a man was stealing the head lights from our car while I was at work. It turned out it was the security guard where I used to go grocery shopping and we have no idea how he knew where I worked! The other time was someone drove up our driveway and started videoing our house. It was weird and creepy.
In NSW, Naomi, noise pollution is anytime after 11PM. In the mornings, on week-days, it's before 7AM, & on weekends, before 8AM. If you live in another state, try ringing your local council for further details.
by Miro
Firstly, that's exactly my home phone handset in the picture!

Secondly, yes I have. When new neighbours moved in and began playing loud thumping music every second weekend for hours. I could feel the bass beat through the ground/floor and it also affected me trying to sleep.
Not a bad handset ;-)

Not great about the music keeping you awake. Sometimes it's hard to decide if to call or ignore. I wonder if there is a politically correct time? I guess if it is too late or early in the morning?
by Naomi
Most the time it's been between 6-10 pm, sometimes exceeding that, but when these people first moved in, I think they saw it as freedom to do what they liked, when they liked and it was every couple of weekends and sometimes during the week as well.
by amanda
Heh I have the same one too.
I have called the police many times since moving into the place we're renting. We have neighbours who regularly yell abuse or fight each other at all hours of the day. They also do drugs and drink which no doubt is the cause of their issues
Oh no. You poor thing.
by Naomi
Oh Allab, That is terrible. Have they left yet, or have you been able to move again, to somewhere quieter? How often did you have to ring the police, & were they helpful?
by Miro

Fingers crossed I never need to call them for any reason!
I don't think so.
by Miro
I have called the police once because of rowdy neighbours, over the fence, they were rental tenants and everynight was just about party night, I could handle that, but they were screaming, shouting and swearing up till 3 am in the morning, and they were drunk!
Have those neighbours fro HELL left you, or have you had to move again, Diana?
My goodness, I couldn't stand that, even once!!!
by Miro
Diana, have those noisy renters, LEFT yet?
by Miro
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