DRJ Fall 2019

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Spring Journal

Volume 32, Issue 1

Full Contents Now Available!

Friday, 08 February 2019 15:12

Rash of 'Swatting' Hoaxes on East End Costly and Dangerous

(TNS) - Law enforcement officials on the East End in New York are investigating a spate of prank emergency calls that have triggered heavy police responses and are forcing officials to do more to authenticate time-consuming and potentially dangerous incidents.  

The bogus calls, known as swatting because they often draw a police department’s SWAT team and other first responders, have targeted high-profile people such as celebrities, as well as those in the gaming community, a law enforcement source said.

“Generally they involve a report of a murder, or a kidnapping or both,” said Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. “These events trigger a significant and serious response.”

They can also be costly and dangerous.