A SURGE in emergency calls over the summer months is putting a strain in already limited police resources.

Residents who continue to call 999 instead of 101 for non-emergency incidents are leaving those experiencing a genuine emergency at risk, police have warned.

Issues such as noise disputes, parking issues, broken down or abandoned vehicles are dealt with by Thames Valley Police.

Helen Faulkner, senior delivery manager for Contact Management, said: “Thames Valley Police has the appropriate resources in place to deal with those who call in an emergency.

"However, I would urge people to think about whether they really do need to dial 999.

“A call to 999 which is not an emergency could potentially stop someone in real need getting help from us.

“If it is not an emergency, then call the non-emergency number 101 or you can report a crime online on our website."