Over 750,500 prank calls have been recorded by the Police Emergency Command Centres (PECCs) between January and March 27, 2019, the IGP has said.

According to officers in charge of the PECC in Accra, some people called to insult the people on duty, some to demand mobile phone credit, others to make fun of the police, while others claimed it was their children who dialed the numbers without their knowledge.

IGP David Asante-Apeatu revealed 761,101 calls were made to the three PEECs in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale of which 751,217 were prank calls, while only 9,884 were genuine calls, according to State-owned Daily Graphic.

A prank call is a mischievous telephone call made to trick someone and is often a nuisance call done to irritate the person answering the call.

IGPAsante-Apeatu has warned the public to desist from such act since it impedes access to persons who might genuinely need the services of the police.

Mr Asante-Apeatu said because the system was digitised and a case ticket generated for each call, if a person called as many times as possible, the technology was such that it could make reference to all the calls he or she had made to the centre.

He said if all the calls of such an individual were found to be prank, that number would be blacklisted from one hour to a maximum of 24 hours and then removed from the blacklist.

During the period of the blacklist, he said, that number could not make any calls into the system again.

He, however, explained that because the police were not sure when such a person might be in genuine need, the period of blacklisting was very short.L

The IGP said the introduction of Location Based Systems (LBS) into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the PECCs would enable the call-takers to know the exact location of callers on-screen.

He, therefore, warned prank callers to desist from such calls, otherwise, they would soon be plucked out of their locations and punished severely.

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