Public Service Announcement

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Public Service Announcement

Recently the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has received several notifications that a crash or fall has occurred.  This notification is coming in via a cellular call placed to the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center.  Deputies respond to the coordinates provided via GPS and upon further investigation are unable to locate a crash or anyone else in need of assistance. It is believed that the majority of these calls are being received from Apple products.  There is likely a setting on Apple Watches sending this alert when the party wearing it is participating in winter recreational activities such as snowmobiling, sledding, or tubing, and this activity involves a sudden stop, quick turn, traveling over rough terrain or are involved in jumping a snowmobile, which may be perceived as a fall.  The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to please check the settings if you wear an Apple Watch or related device and are participating in these such activities so that an emergency call is not placed inadvertently. 

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