What do you do when you call the cops and they are too busy to come?

Jun 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Bob's Blotter
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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.

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3 Comments to “What do you do when you call the cops and they are too busy to come?”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    Actually Oakland is getting read to hire some more cops, after considerable shrinkage of their department.

  2. 1962 says:

    Typical Obama. Lets borrow money from the Chinese (or whoever) to spend and get into more debt. Public Safety is supposed to be funded locally. The Feds have taken control of local law enforcement.

  3. Howie Katz says:

    Oakland, like other California cities and cities in other states as well, has laid off a bunch of cops. The Obama administration is blaming Republicans for blocking the federal government from funding more teaches, firefighters and cops. I always thought that the funding of teachers, firefighters and cops was a local and state responsibility.