May 2, 2016
Can I Call 911 If Piper Detects A Break-In & I’m Out Of Town?
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Elizabeth, a new Piper user, recently wrote in to us with a question about who she should call in the event that her security system alerts her to a burglary happening in her home if she’s out of state for work or play.
This might seem like a dumb question, but I’ve got to ask: 911 is a number that connects you to a station close to you in emergency situations. So let’s say I’m a few states away from home and Piper alerts me that a break-in is going on in my home. I watch the video and confirm that it is indeed happening. Won’t I be connected to a station local to where I’m temporarily staying instead of by my home? How can I quickly reach my local police department in the event of emergency?
That question isn’t dumb at all, Elizabeth! Anyone who learns that their home is being broken into would panic and dial 911. That’s why it’s important that you’re thinking about the logistics before you’re in a worst-case scenario.
If you do panic and call 911 while out of state, you may be lucky enough to reach a dispatcher who can quickly transfer your call to a local department. You also do have other options as well. Consider saving your local station’s phone number so that you have easy access to it if you get that alert. Piper also has a feature called ‘trusted circle’ that notifies the people you trust in the event that motion or sound has been detected in your home in your absence and they can handle calling the authorities for you.
Thanks for asking such an insightful question. I hope learning about the plethora of options you have gives you more comfort!