Why the police don’t care that thieves broke into your home

jkcerda

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http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20160412/why-the-police-dont-care-that-thieves-broke-into-your-home-susan-shelley
The reader threatened to go out into the street and flag down an LAPD patrol car. That was enough to get three officers to his home in the next fifteen minutes. They were “professional and accommodating,” he wrote, but one officer told him “the entire west San Fernando Valley from the 405 freeway to Valley Circle, north of Roscoe to the upper rim of the Valley is patrolled by only five cars” that respond to this type of call. “The other LAPD officers we see are ‘traffic’ only,” he wrote.

The readers were angry. “Our tax dollars are being squandered,” wrote the Chatsworth crime victim. “Where is the money going?” asked the Van Nuys victim.
why the change?

But money is not the whole story here.

In 2014, voters passed Proposition 47, which reduced some felony theft and drug offenses to misdemeanors.

Police have “no motivation” to arrest thieves and burglars, because “nothing is being done to these people,” explained Marc Debbaudt, immediate past president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. He said “there are no consequences” for those who commit property crimes.
traffic only cops generate revenue for the city, unless it's a home invasion no one cares about you. you are on your own.
 

s2mikey

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Not surprised by this at all. Sadly the police force has become a "taxing branch" of most local and state Govts. In NYS, we just hired a bunch of $100K a year traffic cop weenies known as State Troopers. A complete joke. These clowns write tickets on the thruways which is just silly and a total waste. Its a pure cash grab since there is ZERO empirical evidence that going 75mph on an open highway is less safe than going 68mph.

And cops love drug busts because they get to keep the cash & fabulous prizes. Burglaries? No money in it for the dept. Sexual predators? No money in it. Just crazy.
 
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adroit

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Traffic fines should not be a revenue stream. It is counter the intent of the fine and breeds civic corruption.

All monies collected should be returned end of each year to every registered drive who hasn't receive a ticket in the past five years.
 

nebo1ss

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Not surprised by this at all. Sadly the police force has become a "taxing branch" of most local and state Govts. In NYS, we just hired a bunch of $100K a year traffic cop weenies known as State Troopers. A complete joke. These clowns write tickets on the thruways which is just silly and a total waste. Its a pure cash grab since there is ZERO empirical evidence that going 75mph on an open highway is less safe than going 68mph.

And cops love drug busts because they get to keep the cash & fabulous prizes. Burglaries? No money in it for the dept. Sexual predators? No money in it. Just crazy.
when I lived in CT
I drove up to Canada three or four times a year. I got so many tickets upstate NY which all said I was doing 80 that I became convinced they just targeted out of state drivers and always used 80. The one time I was really looking out for them and staying at 65 I was tailed for five minutes and then pulled over for a busted tail light. Definitely part of NY tax department.
 

thermodynamic

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Actually I think it should go to pedestrian safety and cycling lanes. :p
They'd make a lot more money and it's quicker to get a pedestrian or biker to pull over than a bloke speeding in a SUV... more pedestrians too... they have special laws about crosswalks, so they shouldn't jaywalk and demand the world bend over for them. We have to be mindful as drivers. They have to be mindful as well. And more of them don't, the way they slowly saunter through the intersection, knowing they are backing up traffic and getting off (metaphorically or literally or metaphorically, it doesn't matter) on it... completely uncivilized. Baboons in a zoo behave better.
 

Eraserhead

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Burglary isn't a priority, compared to domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, child abuse and fraud is doesn't really matter. The only outrage is that traffic fines are a priority, compared to that burglary is important.
 

thewap

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I drove up to Canada three or four times a year. I got so many tickets upstate NY which all said I was doing 80 that I became convinced they just targeted out of state drivers and always used 80. The one time I was really looking out for them and staying at 65 I was tailed for five minutes and then pulled over for a busted tail light. Definitely part of NY tax department.
Upstate NY is notorious for that. Generally they are cool with the locals, but I warn others to really really watch their speed.

CA is basically a socialist state, why complain about robberies at all? share and share alike.
Wasn't there a thieving kid's mother saying " how else is he going to make a living?"
 
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SHNXX

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One thing that we want our government to do---security---they fail to perform, because of idiot laws preventing them from doing it.
 
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Desertrat

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Governments at all levels are desperate for money. Too many promises of goodies when times were good and tax takes were high. Now? Uh-oh. Those days are gone. The now-higher-priced traffic tickets are a steady source of income for cities and counties.

Absent luck, burglaries are difficult to solve, unless the thieves get careless. Many homes are easy targets for entry when the residents are not home. Carelessness, mostly.
 
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Zombie Acorn

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Absent luck, burglaries are difficult to solve, unless the thieves get careless. Many homes are easy targets for entry when the residents are not home. Carelessness, mostly.
A properly handled burglary is pretty easy to solve, figuring out who disposes of the corpse is another question.