Quick Answer: Can You Call 911 Anonymously?

What do you say on 911?

When you call 911, a call-taker will answer the phone and say “911” or “911, what’s your emergency?”.

Ideally, you should tell the call-taker what the emergency is, for example: “My house is on fire!” “There’s someone breaking into my home!”.

Do I have to give my name when calling 911?

The call-taker is always required to ask the caller’s name and phone number. This is in case we have to call you back, or the responders need to talk to someone who actually saw what happened. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE YOUR NAME. Your call will be handled the same regardless if you choose not to identify yourself.

Can I find out who called 911 on me?

With the exception of a few types of calls, every 911 call is a matter of public record. … Give them a time frame, and your address, and they should be able to look up the event screen for that 911 call. They can provide you with both a printout of the dispatchers screen, and a copy of the actual 911 conversation.

Can 911 see a blocked number?

In fact even if you have an unlisted number or caller ID block, when you call 911 we still get your information. Furthermore, if you ever have a true emergency and dial 911, even if you hang up before the phone rings we will still get the information.

What happens if you call 911 and cant talk?

Calling from a landline If you do not speak, your call is directed to a recorded message. You will be asked to press 55 if you require emergency assistance. If you press 55 your call will go through to Police.

What happens if you call 911 and don’t say anything?

But what happens if a 911 dispatcher hears nothing but silence? … Still, because some silent calls are true emergencies, 911 dispatchers are trained to follow silent call protocols. That means immediately sending a police officer to the call location—if the caller used a landline.

Can the cops tell you who called them?

The police officers on the scene will never tell a criminal who called about them or even how it is that the police learned about the crime. After all, the police don’t want to make the criminal any smarter! The police officer himself usually won’t know who called until after the call.

Does 911 always call back?

Emergency Communications Officers always call back every hang-up call to see if emergency services are needed. If there is no answer and the call was made from a cell phone, a message is left advising that your cell phone dialled 911.

How long do 911 calls stay on record?

Those recordings are usually archived indefinitely, along with the records of the investigation into that crime/event. How does 911 know where you are calling from?

Can I call 911 and remain anonymous?

So, here’s the answer to “Is there a way to call 911 anonymously?”: Yes and no. A person can call 911 from a location and refuse to give his or her name, or even say, “I would prefer to remain anonymous.” However, there will be a record kept of the call you placed: hard copy and recording.

Does 911 need your address?

Know your location The most important piece of information we need when someone calls 911 is the address of the emergency. Addresses come in many forms including a proper street address, but emergencies might not be at a physical address or you might not know the address.