Thursday, August 26, 2010

Police Focus on Violent Crime - This Is a Good Thing

Now if we could only get them to dump marijuana crimes too. Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes - USATODAY.com
Budget cuts are forcing police around the country to stop responding to fraud, burglary and theft calls as officers focus limited resources on violent crime.
Burglary is a bad thing. But it isn't as bad as rape or murder.

Limited resources should focus on the more serious problems.

You need a police report to get your insurance to pay for that stolen TV. You will have to do most of the typing.
Cutbacks in such places as Oakland, Tulsa and Norton, Mass. have forced police to tell residents to file their own reports — online or in writing — for break-ins and other lesser crimes.
Of course the lack of evidence gathering could be a problem. Will no one attempt to collect finger prints or any other evidence?

Still, limited resources should be focused on the most serious problems.

Of course then you need to ask, "Where are all the city's dollars being spent?" I bet in a lot of places, you would find a lot of resources devoted to less critical problems.

4 comments:

Rich said...

Many years ago when I was living in central Jersey the people who ran the town I lived in pushed like crazy to build a large Muni complex including a new very large Police station. The town was growing and was going to need the larger station to house the police officers, etc. Okay they go ahead and do it. Of course it ends up costing most than anyone thought and the next thing you know they announce that they are going to have to lay off police officers because they can not make the payments on the bonds to pay for the new complex. My current town is doing street cuts and decorative brick in sidewalks and street crossings but they have no money to maintain the town swimming lake and so it had to close for a couple of weeks because of goose pollution making people sick.
Draw your own conclusions

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"Burglary is a bad thing. But it isn't as bad as rape or murder."

I'm assuming they (and you) don't mean burglaries that are actually in progress. The problem otherwise is that burglaries that are in progress can often become rape or murder very, very quickly.

Zendo Deb said...

Burglaries "in progress" where a resident is in the home are usually called "home invasions" in this country.

What they are referring to is you come home and find you place trashed, your TV/Stereo/PC/Blender/whatever gone. You call the cops. They aren't coming.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I see what you mean. I was thinking more along the lines of "you come home and find your place trashed, and someone in the act of unhooking your TV/Stereo/PC/whatever so he can walk out the door with it." Or he climbs in the broken window not realizing anyone is home. Not really a "home invasion" but potentially just as deadly.

I tend to think of home invasions as more premeditatedly violent, rather than involving violence due to an unexpected "opportunity" or from panic.