Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Who even knew they did this?

I got to be the white trash of my neighborhood yesterday!

A friend of mine locked her keys in her running car-in front of my house-in the middle of the street. She called the fire department and, no kidding, they were here in less than 2 minutes. (It helps that I live right down the street from Fire Station II)

Everybody came out to watch. It was grand! (a bit anti-climactic, but grand all the same)

I love our fire fighters!


  1. Now if only the PD would give a damn about non violent crime.......

  2. Andy: I agree that violent crime gets the RPD blood pumping in ways that residential burglary, for example, does not.

    I would not say that they don't care about non-violent crime, but I have been concerned that Crime Scene seems to get called when there is business "glass down" but not when there is residential "glass down". Perhaps I am misinterpreting or selectively hearing, but I have only heard Crime Scene dispatched to one "burg-hab" (burglary of habitation), as RPD calls it.

  3. My sister's house in the Canyon Creek area got burgled a few weeks back. They did go out to get some fingerprints off the doors the burglars went in through, but nothing came of it and the case went inactive a couple of weeks later.

  4. Yeah so in my case:
    1) car stolen valued at 14k
    2) House burglarized, losses valued at 6k

    So in the car theft, the officer that showed up went through the usual questioning until I described my car as 'stock'. After that he figured that perhaps I was a racer and had some buddies steal it? The line of questioning turned rather sour.... and almost ended with me wanting to scream "Just find my damn car!" 3 years later I got a call from the DPS asking if I wanted to reclaim an engine.

    In the burglary, the police officers that showed up were quite nice. And we did get a crime scene dispatch that dusted the place. The detective, however, showed little enthusiasm and stated "Well we'll never find your stuff, but we'll go ahead and check the pawn shops even though it won't show up there". Wow, stellar! I even called him up to give him extra information about Oncor being in the alley that whole week preceding the incident and he blew that off. His response was that Oncor screens their people really well and that they wouldn't want to endanger their jobs. Again, stellar detective work there. You can blow through all the possible leads when you ignore all of them.

    Granted all of my losses were covered by insurance (minus deductible), but still......

  5. I would think that the Oncor crew might have had eyewitness info, making them worthwhile to talk to at least.

    The vast majority of residential burglaries have historically gone immediately "inactive" according to the RPD website (many seem to go "pending" during the recent burglary rash, though). I asked [a person who should know] at RPD if this was a resource problem; too many crimes and not enough detectives. "No", he said, "there's usually just nothing to go on".

    I don't buy it.

    I know of one case where, immediateley after one residential burglary, a citizen compiled a complete summary of cars, descriptions, times, and direction of travel on that block for an hour before and after the burglary. This summary was provided to RPD. No response, and the case never left 'inactive'. Put this together with the Oncor anecdote above and it is not reassuring.

    Either the detectives are overwhelmed and RPD is denying it (likely), cyncial/jaded (possible) or they are incompetent/uninterested (unlikely).

    Since very little effective detective work is getting done on the backend I think that it is up to citizens to focus on burglary prevention. Trying to be pragmatic here, not throw stones.

    My own prevention plan includes a cellphone with 911 and RPD nonemergency numbers on speed dial, appropriate lighting (outdoor CFLs that come on when it gets dark), wireless video, a Mossberg 500, and a concealed carry license.