Israeli woman ‘orders pizza’ from police officer in coded call for help

A police officer who took a call from a woman who was presumably trying to order a pizza realized that her call logs were insidiously reporting to her that she was threatened with domestic violence.

Thanks to this ruse, the agents were able to rush to the victim’s aid in minutes, Israel Police said Thursday.

This ruse became famous after an American woman called for help this way in 2019, discreetly informing the police that her mother’s partner was abusive, fearing that he would hear her if she tried to openly call for help.

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In Thursday’s incident, the woman called Israel’s national hotline to report she was in trouble, but when the suspect was within earshot, she asked to order a pizza to cover up the real reason for his call.

In the recording of the call, which the police released on Thursday, the warden seems to immediately understand what is happening and asks the woman: “Are you threatened?”

“Yes,” the woman replies. “I’m with a friend. “

After getting the woman’s address, the dispatcher is heard asking if the person threatening her is there at the time.

“Yes yes, we want olives and corn,” replied the woman.

“Is he armed?” the dispatcher asked.

“No, we don’t want coke, we have some at home,” the woman replied.

“If there’s someone next to you, add another topping,” the speedy dispatcher asked.

“I will also take mushrooms,” replied the woman.

Another dispatcher then told the woman: “Watch out, we’re on our way. »

Police said officers arrived at the address within minutes and arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of assault and threats. There were no injuries during the incident.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court extended the man’s remand until Friday.

Coded calls or messages are a common way for victims to call for help without alerting their abusers, according to domestic violence professionals. Helpline dispatchers are often trained to recognize unspoken signs of distress.

The example of the pizza order made famous in 2019 is part of the training given to dispatchers in Israel, an officer told the Ynet news site after a similar case last year.

In Britain, a woman called police in May to order a pizza to raise the alarm that she was in danger, North Yorkshire Police reported. In this incident, the woman was on a bus, but officers were able to locate her and were able to arrest the man who threatened her.

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