Saturday, August 11, 2007

Another look at 911 response time

Dial 911 and let the system come to your rescue. That is the advice given by the Left time and again. Is it reasonable to trust your safety to the police? Consider these stories.

City needs wake-up call over slow 911 response :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Commentary
Scottsdale residents have every reason to be furious over the lame response to Saturday's 911 call from Durkin Park. It took an appalling 26 minutes for dispatchers to direct police to a bloody brawl. The melee left a 16-year-old boy in a coma and eight other people in the hospital after a teenager drove an SUV into a crowd. Officials said the response time on top-priority calls like this should be 2 to 3 minutes.
UpdateFlorida: Sheriff's office investigates slow 911 response in Jax child abuse case
24 minutes after the first 911 call, deputies arrived on the scene. They found the child naked in her room, covered in welts and bruises, whimpering and shivering according to the arrest report.
3 calls to 911 - during which people were told not to interfere and where police were 2 miles away and 5 miles away, it still took this long.

And if you are on a cell phone - it really is more like dial-a-prayer. KOMU.com - 911 System Not Cell-Ready - Improve Your View
There's a greater than 2 out of 3 chance that emergency responders can not find you if you are calling 911 from a cell phone in Missouri. Emergency responders throughout the state say response time is hindered significantly for those calling in on a cell phone.
Think the police are going to save you from that rapist? They can't even find you. Do you have time to give them detailed directions? I doubt it.

You are free to trust the system. You are free to believe that the police can get to you before you become a victim of a violent crime. You are free to believe in the Easter Bunny too, just don't expect me to share in your delusions.

Police are not called before a crime happens. (You are thinking of the movie Minority Report, but it really was fiction.) Police are called after something bad has happened. That isn't a slam against police; it is just the way things are.

Given all of that, I will put some effort into planning of for my own safety. That will offer no guarantee of my safety, but is should help. Self-defense is a human right.

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