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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jojo, Jan 21, 2010.

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    jojo S3 Drift King! Staff Member Moderator

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    I know you don’t all live in Dorset but a mobile is a mobile where ever you live. I didn't know about 112 did you?

    A bit of useful advice - verified by the Dorset Police.
    The number does work from a mobile.

    This actually happened to someone's daughter. Lauren was 19 yrs old and in college.
    This story takes place over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break.

    It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put its lights on. Lauren's parents have 4 children (of various ages) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get to a service station, etc.
    So Lauren remembered her parents' advice, and telephoned 112 from her mobile phone.
    This connected her to the police dispatcher she told the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing blue light on his rooftop behind her and that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service station or busy area.
    The dispatcher checked to see if there was a police car where she was and there wasn't and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way.
    Ten minutes later 4 police cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her.
    One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind.
    They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground........the man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
    I never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you do not have to pull over for an UNMARKED car.
    Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a 'safe' place.
    You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them I.e., put on your hazard lights) or call 112 like Lauren did.
    Too bad the mobile phone companies don't give you this little bit of wonderful information.
    So now it's your turn to let your friends know about 112 (112 is an emergency number on your mobile that takes you straight to the police because 999 does not work if you have no signal).
    This is good information that I did not know!

    Please pass on to all your friends, especially any females.

    As far as I am aware, 112 uses a system called triangulation so they can also pinpoint exactly where you are phoning from.
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    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Did that happen in Dorset mate?

    I knew about 112 as an emergency number, and (I think) if you're in a no signal area other networks will allow you to 'roam' onto their network for the emergency call. The triangulation works between the nearest three cell masts, it's only accurate to within 'X' hundred metres. If you have a non GPS phone you can check that by going onto Google Maps and it will give you your approximate position. To the best of my knowledge it's a myth that they can pinpoint you via your mobile, I'm not aware this is possible without GPS built into the phone thus enabling the use of satellites.
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    Not sure mate, my missus sent it me by email.
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    Yeah, the story is recycled and tweaked from one which has been doing the rounds for donkey's years, but it's accurate in so far as 112 is an emergency number (from mobiles). The bit about it getting you straight through to the police when you've no signal is nonsense though. You can try 999 or 112 when you've go no signal on your own network on 99.9999999% of handsets, and if there's signal for another carrier, it'll use their backbone to connect the emergency call. If there's point blank NO signal on any carrier you've had it.

    Regards,

    Rob.
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    112 and 999 both work the same from mobiles. If you've got no signal on your network, the phone pick up another network in order to place the call (hence "Emergency Call Only" display) - like FactionOne has already said.

    The difference between 112 and 999 is that 999 is UK specific, whereas 112 is Europe-wide.
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