Calling 911 for non-emergency lockouts is against the law
The number of calls to 911 for vehicle lockouts has increased recently, according to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, which could potentially put a burden on emergency workers. Calling 911 for non-emergency uses is misuse of 911 and actually against the law.
“If a person calls 911 more than once for a non-emergency lockout, it is possible they could get a summons to go to court,” Day explained.
911 calls for vehicle lockouts cost the city an estimated $1,000-$2,000, according to Day, because emergency personnel are required to respond.
Some vehicle lockouts can be considered emergencies, such as locking a child or pet in the car, or locking the keys in a running vehicle, which could lead to a fire. However, simply locking one’s keys in a non-running vehicle on an average-temperature day is better left to a locksmith.
Below is an active list of tow companies and lockout specialists that service the Marshall area:
Diehm’s Tire and Towing —Marshall
Jackie Ballew Towing — Marshall
Craig Thompson Towing — Marshall
Walter Cadwell Towing — Marshall
Don’s Towing — Sedalia
Nash’s Towing — Boonville