Let’s say you are at home and hear a noise in the kitchen. No one is home so there shouldn’t be any noise at 2:00 a.m. What might you do to protect yourself? You could ping, which of lately two people knew enough to do and it summoned the police to their locations.
Here is how you ping. Turn on your cell phone. Dial 9-1-1 and then put the phone down. [Don't do this now, wait for an emergency!] The cell phone signal pings off of towers. Those tower signals triangulate and can show the police (along with your cell phone provider) the exact location where your phone will be found.
An open line to an emergency number indicates to the police you are in trouble. The Des Moines police are familiar with this method, especially in domestic violence situations.
Anyone who lives alone should prepare to defend themselves before something happens. This is one of those helpful hints.
KCCI News quote below:
It unfolded about 1:41 a.m. on Monday.
A dispatcher reports the woman said her boyfriend was possibly going to shoot her. She left the phone line open and the dispatcher could hear part of what was happening. The woman was pleading for the man to leave her alone, the dispatcher reports.
The police report shows that he kept telling her to get in a car and leave. At some point, the woman said she couldn't see out of her eye and he had proved his point, according to the police report.
911 dispatch was able to obtain the location of the phone by pinging it.