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28 January 2010, 12:23
We're being encouraged to take 10 minutes to store 10 new phone numbers in our mobiles. Avon and Somerset Police have produced a list of ones we often never think about until we actually need them. So by storing them now, it will save hassle in the future. The 10 numbers are..
1 Avon and Somerset Police non-emergency number: 0845 456 7000
If you see anyone acting suspiciously or have information relating to a crime. The police are only a call away to provide assistance.
2 Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Call anonymously with information about crime.
3 Your local council – your council is responsible for all sorts of issues including dealing with noisy neighbours, stray dogs and highway problems, so it's a useful number to find and keep in your phone.
4 Your lost or stolen credit card hotline – The number for your credit card issuer is conveniently located on the back of your credit card but that is no good if your card gets lost or stolen. It's nice to be able to cancel a credit card the minute you realise it's missing. That way you can solve any problems before they start.
5 Your car insurance claims hotline – The first number you should call in a car accident. Or the second number if the accident is severe, just after calling 999 and informing police.
6 Local locksmith – There's nothing worse than being locked out, especially at night. Save yourself the hassle of trying to find a reputable locksmith with reasonable prices when you are locked out and stressed out. Do a little homework now and find yourself a reputable locksmith that has a 24 hour emergency call service.
7 Local towing or recovery service – When your car breaks down in an inconvenient location this number will make your life a lot easier. The company with the largest geographic service area is always your best bet. If you are an RAC or AA member use their contact number.
8 Highways Agency: 08457 504030
Highways Agency Traffic Officers patrol the motorways to manage traffic, help stranded motorists and clear debris from the road
9 Your doctor – If you are on the road or out of town and a non-emergency medical issue arises, it is always nice to be able to run the information past your own doctor or nurse. If you save the number with the name 'Doctor' people can also access you doctor quickly if you are in a medical condition where you are unable to do so.
10 The Bridge (Sexual Assault Referral Centre): 0117 342 6999
This centre is open to any man, woman, young person or child who has been the victim of sexual assault. It offers counselling and support and can help victims decide whether they want to report the attack to police.