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This is a discussion on Doorbell @ 3:43 AM! within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by lyz_grace New 911 'Swatting' Prank Sends SWAT Team to Your Home Craziness. Way off topic but can you imagine if that guy ...
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That happened to me twice way back in 1989. Cordless phones were kinda new and the LEOs told me that signals could get crossed. Don't know why it would happen nowadays...
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First time I've heard of this. Could have a real bad outcome if not handled the way you did. What possible "kick" could someone have from doing this to someone 100 or a 1000 miles away? No feedback for them, they can't see or hear the action. Stupid knows no bounds.
Most cordless phones communicate with a base station that's plugged into an AC outlet and land line. Even if the cordless handsets are dead, that base station is still active, and someone could hop on the frequency and call anyone they wish. It's not easy to do, but possible.
Just a thought.
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Back in '89 or 90 I had a "Uniden" cordless phone that when the battery was dying it would dial 911. It happened twice before we figured out what it was. That phone went "by-by" real fast!
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For a prank (or to get someone in trouble) at many houses it would be very easy to open the phone company interface box on the side of the house, plug in a cheep handset and away we go. 911 would see your number since the call really came from your line.
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Guess they will wait until enough citizens/law enforcement get shot or killed before they upgrade.
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Sometimes electrical noise on a phone line may cause a signal to the 911 dispatch center from your number. The operator answers and gets static, or nothing. If thay are capable they do a reverse 911, and treat it as a 911 hang up. They must create a job, and dispatch an officer.
Having worked in communications for the last 17 years I may have the simple non nefarious solution for you. This is a somewhat common problem on landline copper wire. It's what we call a trip ring and is caused by a ground on your copper pairs coming from the central office. It will be a sporadic condition that gets worse during times when there's high moisture. Funny thing is it usually will set up a 3 digit call almost exclusively (411,611,911 etc.). Of course the reason being the odds of setting up a seven or eleven digit call is probably astronomical. You should put a ticket into your local service provider and have them test your line.
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Kinda like that crappy movie White Noise....
I think I would have called the police station, to actually verify that it was indeed, one of theirs standing on my porch, instead of a phony tony, ready to pull a strong arm on you.
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Be thankful they didnt shoot your dog...
Make sure outside phone box is secure. Anyone can plug in a phone and place a call from this box or listen to a landline call. Any bad neighbors who are low enough to do this?
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That's what worries me about this situation. Kids playing pranks. What if the 911 call was a attempted murder in progress etc and they came bashing through front door and you thinking its a home invasion go ape S)(*) on the cops with your arsenal of weapons.
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