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Barking dogs? Loud music? Durham debuts non-emergency number

Posted December 5, 2008 12:55 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2008 4:11 p.m. EST

— Barking dogs, loud music, burglaries that happened hours or days earlier, vandalism to public or private property – these are just a few examples of the types of calls that can now be reported to Durham’s new non-emergency phone number.

The Durham Emergency Communication Center set up the new number, 919-560-4600, to free up 911 lines for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies.

“I have read on community list servs and responded to countless inquiries from citizens who need to report something, such as a stolen flower pot or a barking dog, but don’t know of another way to do so other than using 911,” said Jim Soukup, director of the DECC.

All incidents reported through the non-emergency line are tracked the same as if the call was received on the 911 lines, according to Soukup.