cjpowers wrote:I always wonder about the 911 thing - you are going to pay $20-$40 for a traditional land line on the off chance that something will happen to you and you will be able to dial 911, but not be able to talk?
It happens more often than you might think. I live in a county with probably 120,000 people and here probably 10 of these every weekend.that being said these calls all fall into a few categories.
1. Domestic violence or child abuse, they make it to the phone but all the dispatcher hears is a scream and a click.
2. Parties involving underage drinking, subjects with warrants, drugs, etc. all the dispatcher usually heres is "get here now" when a fight breaks out, when the police show up everyone is scattering, and no one will talk.
3. humans who have an actual emergency, but don't know their address or where they are, don't have the common sense to stay on the line, or give the dispatcher any info, or who call it in and just leave. This results inthe police trying to find them before they know if they need fire or medics.
4.kids playing on the phone
5. Kids on the phone who don't know their address, just know to call 911. Usually domestic violence, or have parents/older siblings at risk for medical issues, strokes, seizures, diabetes, etc,
I have never heard one for a home invasion, and if power is knocked out and cell phones are down you can bet local police are swamped and your helps not going to get there in time anyway. The 911 service this has pops up your address, its e911 just like every other cell phone and voip provider has. If I, had kids I'd be fine with voip, and have an old cell phone plugged in in a drawer with the address written down next to out for them to use as a back up