LAPD's New Strategy to End Celebrity Swatting Pranks

Phony 911 calls to trigger police raids on celebrity homes have been happening almost daily.
1:57 | 04/12/13

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agreement. We'll have more with sunday "this week" with george. S.W.A.T.'ing, PHONY 911 Calls cause raids on celebrities' homes. Ryan seacrest the latest victim. Police are trying out a new strategy and abc's abbie boudreau has the story. Reporter: So frustrated with fake 911 calls and elaborate hoaxes like these, the los angeles police department says it's no longer releasing details OF CELEBRITY S.W.A.T.'ing Incidents hoping to prevent copycats. We only have so many cars at one given time and if some of those cars are diverted for NONSENSE LIKE S.W.A.T.'ing THEN It impacts all of you. Reporter: This may have been the final straw. A S.W.A.T.'ing PRANK WEDNESDAY Targeting the home of "american idol" host ryan seacrest called there after a 911 call alleging armed men were trying to force their way into his house. Last week it was the homes of selena gomez and justin timberlake all pranks. There was a call, four men had entered the home and there was a call of someone being shot inside the home. Wow. Reporter: The fbi reporting 400 incidents nationwide annually. Experts technology allows pranksters look like they're calling from inside a star's home. Any kid who is technologically savvy which is virtually every kid could be doing this. Reporter: Last month a 12-year-old tween confessed he WAS BEHIND THIS S.W.A.T.'ing Incident at ashton kutcher's home in october. California lawmakers are trying to pass a bill forcing those convicted of these pranks to repay police for their response. And while comedian russell brand HIMSELF A S.W.A.T.'ing VICTIM Told ryan seacrest he finds humor in all this. I think if I were a teenager I probably would definitely do it. Reporter: -- Police say it's no laughing matter. For "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles.

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