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VALUABLE time and effort of police officers is increasingly being used on jobs which are either false or imaginary.
Dalby Police have reported a rise in the number of calls made to the station from people suffering paranoid symptoms.
Since the start of the year multiple officers have attended jobs where a resident has reported being in danger, only to find the incident to be make-believe.
Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said it was becoming a problem for the station, and the use of the drug Ice could be a major factor.
"An emerging trend we are noticing, particular this year is people that, because of the use of it (Ice) are suffering from paranoia or anxiety type symptoms and they're making repeated call to police (because) they believe they are being attacked by other people or believe people are out to get them,” Sen-Sgt McCullough said.
"They are calling us and we are responding, and finding increasing numbers of situations that there is nobody is there and the (person) is fine.”
"It is a sad then because they are in fear, but the fear is not genuine and we believe it is related to potentially using Ice.”
One individual called the Dalby station 40 times in one month for issues related to being in danger.
Police attended all 40 calls and found them to be in no danger. James Curtain from Lives Lived Well, said issues of paranoia can often be also related to mental health.
He said the best way to fix the issue is for sufferers to reach out for help.
"A co-occurring mental health and drug or alcohol problem is very common,” he said.
"People need to reach out for help.”