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When you shouldn't call triple zero

Triple zero is a very important number for people who need help in an emergency. Nuisance or hoax calls may cause delays to those who really need help. There are many people who call triple zero as a joke which wastes time and could cost someone’s life.

Remember Triple zero is only for medical emergencies, fires and crimes happening right now.

If a crime has already happened and you need to report it, then call your local police station.

Hey Kids - never ring 000 just for fun. Ringing 000 when there is no emergency takes the call-taker away from answering a real call where someone may be in a life threatening situation.