An interesting thing happened in the crime-ridden shithole of Oakland last week. Someone kicked in the front door of the Maher home in the Temescal neighborhood (a better area in Oakland). They called the cops. They were smart enough to realize that entering the home could be hazardous to their health. The cops told them there were 109 calls ahead of them, including nine priority calls which included a hostage situation. Eventually the parents entered the home, leaving their three children in the yard. It was in fact clear.
The cops finally came, about 1:40 a.m., and left a sticky note on their door.
Alarms are common in the better areas, but it can take the cops a long time to respond to even a real burglary alarm.
What do the cops do when there is more crime than the cops can handle? What do the citizens do, other than suffer with it?
Clicking here will link to a pretty good column on this subject from Chip Johnson in today’s Chronicle.