For work I sometimes travel. Recently one of those trips turned into a bigger adventure than I wanted. First of all, I want to thank some people -- the Prime Time Car Care store manager, the off-duty Red Oak, TX police officer who moonlights in security patrol for the Dallas shopping center on Lombardy where Pappadeaux is, and that restaurant's floor manager. There's an all-night CVS pharmacy in Dallas whose on-duty pharmacist was also very understanding.
Okay, no more Ms. Nice Chick.
Property crime response by the City of Dallas Police Department sucks.
Their standard response to burglary of a motor vehicle is, "Call this number and the expediter will take a list of the property you lost."
That's it. No patrol unit to come out, no fingerprints to be taken, no written report so you have actual documents to provide your insurance, nada.
"Call this number and the expediter will take a list of the property you lost."
Notice how this assumes the victim is to blame for the crime? It's not "the property stolen", it's "the property you lost."
It's not that some druggie busted the window out of the rental and swiped all your luggage, and did the same thing to half a dozen cars in the same parking lot in approximately a half-hour. It's not that some jerk stole your stuff to sell for dope money. It's not that your medications, your glucose meter, your orthopedic brace, your clothing, your identification, your eyeglasses, your carryon bag, matter, or that you matter; it's that the Dallas PD has to deal with so many instances of burglary of a motor vehicle in a given shift, they can't send out an officer to check out what happened EVEN IF HALF A DOZEN CARS WERE HIT AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE, in broad daylight, at a popular restaurant in a busy shopping center.
It's as if the cops blame you.
If you report a crime, and you ask for a patrol officer to come out because some of the stolen property belongs to the state of Texas and some of the stolen property is worth more than $1,000, the wait in Dallas can be three to seven hours, routinely.
If you go to Dallas, be careful.
Help is not on the way.