You may have heard the latest celebrity criminal trend of swatting celebrities. The most recent celebrities affected by this criminal trend were Bruce and Kris Jenner, Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber. They are recent victims, but other celebrities that were swatted are Simon Cowell, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, and Miley Cyrus. It seems this celebrity swatting trend is not getting better; it seems to keep happening to more celebrities more often.
You may be asking; what exactly is celebrity swatting? This is basically a prank or joke to those pranking, but not to those on the receiving end of the prank. It’s actually a very dangerous prank that can go very wrong. When police are called out, it wastes important emergency resources that could be going towards real criminal activity. This type of prank is also very dangerous because innocent people could get hurt in the process of the; what’s thought to be chaos.
Example of a celebrity swatting
Police are called and some criminal activity is being reported. Two men are shooting and holding several people hostage in this home. The caller claims to have actually heard gun shots and saw two individuals pulled into a home and are apparently being held against their will. Police are given an address where the chaotic activity is going on. Police are now in pursuit to the home.
When police arrive, their guns are drawn and they are walking around the home to investigate what’s actually going on. They are on high alert because they’ve been warned of the gun shots and possible hostages being held. They are looking for any movement and tentatively listening for any possible victim being harmed. They soon realize nothing seems to be happening, more than likely knocks on the door of the home and finds out there is not criminal activity going, but then also realize, the home where they are is actually where a celebrity lives.
Actual account of a recent celebrity swatting
The latest swatting involved Bruce and Kris Jenner. A call was made to police claiming someone had been shot in the couple’s home. After receiving the call from the swatter, fifteen swat team agents and three helicopters arrived to the home and of course, they then realized, like other celebrities, Bruce and Kris Jenner were the latest victims of swatting.
Kim Kardashian was so upset after hearing about the swatting prank, that cause a swat team to show up at her mom’s home that she took to Twitter and stated, “Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home & 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up! These prank calls are NOT funny! People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out who is behind this. It’s dangerous & not a joke!”
When it happened to Justin Bieber, the caller even claimed the gunman was even threatening to shoot at police when they arrived, so can you imagine how this could have turned out? In Bieber’s case, he wasn’t around, he was out on tour.
Swatting a serious crime
This swatting prank is very dangerous and can actually end up becoming deadly. It’s a matter of time before this type of prank turns deadly. According to the LA Times, swatting started over ten year ago by rogue gamers and is difficult to track. Swatting is a crime and the culprits of this type of dangerous prank can be arrested.
This type of crime misuses public safety resources taking those resources away from real emergencies. It also places people at risk when dispatched officers arrive on the scene armed. Hopefully, the culprits will realize the seriousness of how this type of prank can place the public in significant danger. The scary thing is, swatting seems to be more prevalent and it seems to be happening more often to celebrities.