But here's a thought I had during an incident during the ride-a-long with my police
On the ride-a-long a call came in that a "duress alarm" was being recieved
from someone's residence.
On the radio I heard the dispatcher in the background talking
to his supervisor who said, well, call the alarm company.
I'm thinking OH NO! -- They are
going to take the time to determine if the alarm is likely real or a system bug.
-- if I had a home security system - and it signals trouble in my house - to the authorities - exactly what response
will I get?
Seemed like perhaps 5 minutes, maybe even 10 before before they finally decided to
send my son to check out the situation.
It seemed like 5-10 miles to the location.
Of course it was a golden opportunity for my son to "stomp on it," put the peddle to the metal,
lights flashing -- no siren because this was 2 am in this sleepy rural country - the PD doesn't want to wake folks up.
Any way, the live-in house sitter had let the dog out to do its business, without de-activating the alarm.
So, no burgler, or home invasion, but -- I though again about home secuity systems.
more and more folks putting in security systems, one must wonder if $ strapped PDs, like small town, OH, or big cities for
that matter, will have the resources to respond in a timely manner, or will even bother.
got an interesting tip off the TV -- always have your car keys on the bed stand -- that way, if you have a prowler, you can
hit your car's horn honking button on your key chain -- a thought -- to scare the guy away.
The Old Testament passage Proverbs chapter 3:5,6 is one of my favorites:
5 Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.