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STOP! - 119 receives more than 20,000 prank calls per day, says Montague

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 7:01 PM

The Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, says prank calls continue to clog up the police 119 emergency number.

According to Montague, the police emergency number receives 22,000 prank calls per day.

There are approximately 32,000 calls to the police 119 number daily.

The National Security Minister appealed to members of the public to desist from misusing the system, warning that this could delay assistance to genuine emergencies.

IN PHOTO: Montague 

Meanwhile, Minister Montague says the government is in the process of acquiring two Coast Guard boats and an aeroplane as part of its attempt to improve border security.

He says the planes will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Montague says an additional 15 immigration officers will be assigned to airports to help speed up the processing of travellers.