A campaign reminding the public they should call their local police on 101 for non-emergency issues is being launched by the Home Office.
More than three-quarters of 999 calls received nationally by the police are for non-emergencies, such as people reporting that their home has been burgled, their vehicle has been stolen, or wanting to discuss anti-social behaviour in their local area.
101 was launched in 2012 and is designed to reduce the number of non-emergency 999 calls. Dialling 101 allows the police to respond more quickly to genuine emergencies, such as when someone is in immediate danger, a crime is happening right now, or a suspect for a serious crime is nearby.
The campaign also encourages the public to remind family of the service.