GUN Police May Stop Responding To Some Crimes

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Police May Stop Responding To Some Crimes
    Budget Crunch Forces Move To Be Considered
    http://www.local6.com/news/17554307/detail.html
    POSTED: 9:48 am EDT September 25, 2008
    UPDATED: 12:42 pm EDT September 25, 2008

    PALM BAY, Fla. -- A budget crunch in Palm Bay could mean city residents who forget to secure car doors or close garages will get only a case number and nothing in terms of a visit by patrol officers if something is stolen.

    "We're looking very seriously at the types of calls we would go to," Palm Bay Police Chief Bill Berger said. "Still, about 85 to 90 percent of the people who've had their cars broken into left the car doors open. But, obviously, if it's an actual break-in, we'll respond."

    The potential move is seen as an unusual step.

    Other surrounding agencies -- such as Melbourne Police Department -- continue to respond to similar vehicle break-in calls.

    Berger, however, pointed out that his agency has been hit hard by higher fuel costs and a cut in revenue. Earlier this year, Berger implemented a number of cost-saving efforts, including a no-idling policy for patrol cars.

    "Certainly, Amendment 1 had an impact," Berger said, referring to the sweeping, statewide property-tax ballot item voters approved earlier this year. "The big promise was that it wouldn't affect public safety, but it has."

    The department likely will lose four police officer positions -- all held for officers either working or serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "Those officers will have their jobs when they return, but we're having to keep those positions vacant," Berger said.

    Also under review will be whether officers who take home marked patrol cars will need to pay for their own gas or reimburse the city about 50 cents for every mile driven away from work.

    Berger said he also is working hard to keep the department's nontaxpayer-funded programs running, including its DNA database program that uses officers to collect blood, saliva and other biological evidence at crime scenes.
     
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    How does that work? They're going to hire 4 people to fill the position then create 4 new positions when the veterans come back?

    Still hell of a lot cheaper than using your own car.
     
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    Sounds like they're going to be 4 short till the other guys come back.


    I'm sure people will be bitching about cops not coming when something gets stolen out of their car but they're dumbasses if they left it open. I've had cars broken into twice car was locked window smashed, may as well just of given me a case number over the phone cause when the cops did come never got out of the car.
     
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    contributory negligence.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    my aunt got her van stolen at work when she left the keys in the ignition :bowdown:
     
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    Happens more than you'd imagine.
    Thieves are opportunists. I live in a high crime area, but I have exterior lighting, minimal foundation planting, big dogs, a fence, and I lock my doors and windows.
    I figure if I can get a skell to pass up my house and burgle my neighbor, I win.:wavey:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    damn straight
     

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