Emergency Numbers in the UK
999 or 112 – Emergencies (life or death situations, crime in progress, fire)
In the case you have to call an emergency number for police, ambulance, fire brigade, coastguard, cliff rescue, mountain rescue, or even cave rescue, call 999 or 112. Both numbers are free of charge, can be dialled from a locked mobile phone and use the same emergency call centre. The difference is that 112 will work on a mobile phone from anywhere in the world. Bear in mind that these numbers are for emergencies only, when someone is seriously ill or injured, or when a crime is happening at the moment. When there is an option, always use landline before a mobile, so your location could be traced more easily.
When there is an emergency and you are not sure which service to contact first, don’t worry about it, any service you get can inform all the other necessary services to come as well. Also, if you have no signal on your phone, you might be able to get emergency numbers nevertheless, since your phone will use any available network.
101 – Police for non-emergency situations
In the cases when there is something you would like to report to the police, like your car has been stolen or your home has been broken into, or you would simply like to ask a question, use this number. So, if immediate response from the police is not necessary (life or death situations, immediate danger), this would be your choice. Every call is charged 15 pence per call, regardless of its duration.
111 – Medical number for non-emergencies
For situations when you need medical help and you are not sure what to do or who to contact, call this number. All calls are free, and the advisers will transfer you to adequate service when possible, or even arrange an ambulance to be sent to you when necessary. This service operates 24 hours a day.