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A TikTok user has shared a simple hack that lets you send a text message to the police if you're danger or in an emergency.
"If you're a girl in the UK I'm practically begging you to do this," TikTok user @georgiapenny says at the start of the viral video.
If you text the word 'register' to 999, you will receive an automated message which will ask you to send the word 'yes' in response to confirm your registration.
The emergency SMS service was developed to help deaf and hard of hearing (HOH) and speech impaired people use emergency services if they are unable to have voice phone calls, a representative from the Met police confirmed to Tyla.
Women are sharing the TikTok video for the times when they may be unable to call to the police safely.
"It takes 20 seconds. If you're ever in a situation where you can't speak on the phone or don't feel comfortable speaking on the phone for whatever reason, you're able to text the police and communicate that way," she adds.
"It takes no time at all and can really help you if you're in a vulnerable situation."
In the two days that have passed since the video was uploaded, it has accumulated more than 111.5k likes and 603.8k views.
The Met police have also offered guidance on their website describing how to make a silent 999 call.
Called the 'Silent Solution', it is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It can also help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need help from the police.
When you call 999 the operator will ask which service you need. If you are unable to speak you may be asked to tap your keys on your phone or cough when asked a question, so the operator knows you're there.
The operator will listen for background noises such as coughs, taps on the phone or pressing 55. If no requests are made and the operator believes the call needs to go through to an emergency service, the operator will connect you to the Silent Solution system.
You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with 'you are through to the police'. When prompted, press 55 to be put through to police call management.
The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55 they will notify the police. If you don't do any of the above, the call will be terminated after 45 seconds.
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