Lauren and Unmarked Police Car Warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour

16 Feb 2013 - Article No: 1675. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

WARNING: Some knew about the red light on cars, but not Dialing 112.
An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren`s parents have always told her to never pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.

Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called, 112 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there werent, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew about the 112 Cell Phone feature. I tried it on my AT&T phone & it said, "Dialing Emergency Number."
Especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going on to a safe place.

*Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that 112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it`s your turn to let your friends know about "Dialing, 112"

You may want to send this to every Man, Woman & Youngster you know; it may well save a life.

This applies to ALL 50 states

These messages are circulating that warn women against pulling over for unmarked police cars in secluded locations. The message also goes on to describe "special numbers" that connect you to the emergency numbers. Whilst the message above uses 112, other variants use *677 and #77.

These warnings are a mixture of both accurate and inaccurate information.

Firstly it is true that many types of criminals have in the past used the trick of disguising themselves as law enforcement officials in order to lure unsuspecting victims. In fact only a few days before the publication of this article an incident involving an imposter in an unmarked car trying to lure a woman into leaving with him happened in the US State of Alabama. However there has been no sudden surge in this type of crime and it thankfully remains a rare occurrence.

Whilst every incident is unique and offering blanket advice in these matters would be unwise, it may - in certain circumstances - be good advice to avoid pulling over in secluded areas for unmarked police vehicles. Whilst we are compelled to follow the instructions of law enforcement officials we must always take priority over our own safety and well being.

And if you find yourself in such a situation and the circumstances permit, then always try and convey your intentions of pulling over once you reach a public area to the police vehicle behind you. Again in some circumstances this may mean calling the emergency services. Using your four-way hazard lights to signal that you intend to pull over is also recommended.

The specific story regarding "Lauren" told in the above message, however, shares much of the tell-tale attributes of a classic urban legend in that it does not disclose any reliable source and variants of the tale place Lauren in different cities, states and countries across the globe throughout the many years it has been circulating.

The information outlined in the messages regarding a special number for the emergency services, on the other hand, is misleading, as they are only loosely based on truth.
For example the number 112, whilst the most widely accepted alternative to the national emergency number, will not work in certain countries nor will it work on certain non-GSM phones. (PS worth noting is the number 112 does not have any special properties.) *677 as mentioned in other variants only works in Ontario, Canada, and *77 only works within certain places in the USA.

Thus the more sensible advice would be to stick to the nationally accepted numbers, for example 999 in the UK, 911 in the US and 000 in Australia, as these are guaranteed to work for any phone with a signal. It is not recommended to circulate inaccurate information that contains alternate phone numbers that may not work for the recipient.

Further reading - - Lauren and the *677 Police Dispatch Cell Phone Number

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