Sunday, February 14, 2010

Let's Think This Through

I found this article in the Times Herald.  I've copied some excerpts and added my comments in red.
Vallejo police advise citizens against arming themselves

In the past 10 days in Vallejo there has been a widely publicized beating and robbery of a city worker, as well as two homicides, three shootings and several stabbings.

Powell acknowledged, "it's harder to get in touch with us these days, but we have the alternative ways to report non-emergencies to free officers up to respond to emergencies."

I think I understand the point he is making here (maybe), but saying that “it’s harder to get in touch” with the public safety officials is not exactly comforting. Perhaps that is why he can say that no one is calling them for “advice on how to stay safe.”

Residents should remember that a week or even two does not necessarily a crime wave make, the officials said.

But for those who have been affected by these violent crimes, a wave is not necessary. One simple encounter is life-altering.  One such event is sufficient, though for some, it has also been final.

Tenorio cited some general precautions people can take to help ensure their safety.
All ideas mentioned are great examples of situation awareness and target hardening. However, they are merely ways to decrease your chances of attack. When the attack happens, all these factors will do little to actually stop the attack. Sure, if you’re in a public area, others may call the police, but as I have mentioned here before, in my city, the average response time for police is seven minutes.  In the middle of a critical incident, that’s an eternity. And as for you having a cell phone—that’s an excellent idea, just remember that you will be distracted defending yourself and unable to use your phone until the event is over, (if you get to use it at all). Even, then, you will still need to wait for police to show up.

"I think we have to look at a longer period," he said. "One week could just be a bad week. If it's still going on in two weeks or a month, then we'll have a serious issue and have to look at what's happening."

Unfortunately, the next vicitm, whoever he or she is, cannot wait until the police decide whether this is “a serious issue” or “a bad week. “ We are each responsible for our own food, our own shelter, etc... By the same token, we are each responsible for our own defense. I tremendously appreciate the work police do, but until they are able to personally guarantee my safety, I’ll take whatever steps I need to to protect myself and my loved ones.


Bob S. said...

Isn't it funny they don't mind people arming themselves with the physical force of others -- start a neighborhood watch but they don't want you to concentrate that physical force into something a single person can carry.

Also love how they tell people to lie --beware of dog' sign up, even if you don't have a dog.

You talk about the biggest issue that I have with the "wait and see attitude" -- for the next victim it doesn't matter if it is a crime wave, a spike or just normal variation.

That person's life can be irreparably changed in a moment. I notice the cops aren't giving up their right to carry firearms off duty. Think they wouldn't use them to stop an attack on their family?

Did it MY way said...

I carry a gun because I can't carry a LEO. Old saying but true.

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