40% of NYC's 911 Calls Are Butt Dials

Accidental calls numbered nearly 4M in 2010: report

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2012 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly 40% of the time a New York City dispatcher answers a 911 call, there’s no actual emergency. Yep, in 2010, two-fifths of all calls to New York’s 911 system were accidental “butt dials,” the New York Daily News reports. A total of 10.4 million 911 calls were received that year, a new report found, and police were sent to about 3.5 million emergencies as a result. That’s notable since the number of butt dials was higher than that, at almost 4 million—or an average of 10,700 per day.

Butt-dialing 911 is a big problem in New York.
Butt-dialing 911 is a big problem in New York.   (Shutterstock)
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