Prank call ‘SWATing’ a concern for Roswell, Georgia P.D.

Image: Richard Nance A dangerous but growing practice, known as…

Image: Richard Nance

A dangerous but growing practice, known as “SWATing,” sent Roswell police racing to a residence Aug. 5 with the report of a burglary in progress.

It took police close to an hour to discover the emergency 911 call was a hoax, and that someone had hacked into the homeowners’ voice over Internet Protocol to make the emergency call.

Authorities have since launched an investigation into the incident, but McGee said these calls are virtually impossible to trace.

Dispatch Magazine, a trade journal for emergency dispatchers, estimates close to 60 incidents have been logged nationally since the practice began about six years ago. In all cases, callers hacked into a person’s VoIP, the technology that provides voice calls using a broadband Internet connection.

Source: Patrick Fox for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Law Officer.

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