I’m going to start a running count of the number of times that I’ve called 1-800-ASKLAPD to report a drug deal or prostitution and, despite assurances from the dispatcher, nobody has ever arrived. At all. Not, like, they showed up 30 minutes later. I call, nobody ever shows. Or sometimes, I’ll call and then I’ll see a cruiser pass by on Beverly five or ten minutes later, but nobody ever shows. And I only live five blocks or so from the Rampart police station. Since I only remember whether or not I received a response the last two times in a row, plus last night, we’ll start the count at three. (I’ll let the failure to respond to shelf-rattling music and a raging, open bonfire in the front lawn of my neighbor’s house at two in the morning on Christmas Eve slide, since that’s a noise complaint and not a crime in progress).
I realize that if it’s an ongoing problem I need to call the Senior Lead Officer for my area or call and ask about Neighborhood Watch, and I’m planning on doing that. But I think it’s pretty terrible that you can’t just call the police about a crime and expect a response. And I’m not talking about some crazy busy Saturday night. I’ve called before on a Sunday afternoon and had no luck. I guess they’re too busy doing things like handing out tickets to people who enter the crosswalk at Sunset/Vine after the hand starts flashing. Way to rock, LAPD! You’re doing a great job of disproving all those stereotypes!