How long should we have to wait for police to arrive?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by horn-girlie, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. horn-girlie

    horn-girlie Member

    A couple of weeks ago my house got broken into. I got home just after midnight, found the house a mess, and mine and my housemates laptops gone. Phoned the police straight away, and they said that being a friday night they were quite busy, but would be with me asap. Anyhoo, it was over 5hours before they came!! nearly 6am!! and after being told not to touch/close the windows which had been tampered with and left open, I was too scared to sleep lol so it was the longest 5hours ever lol!

    ooh, that was a bit of a rant! but I was just wondering if thats a normal waiting time for things like a robbery?! I know its not an emergancy situation, and should be delt with after most other 999 calls, but that seemed sooo long to wait! and they only arrived after I called a second time at 5oclock, when my other housemates arrived home and agreed that they should have arrived by then.
  2. Texus

    Texus Member

    My sympathies for your predicament, having had exactly the same thing happen to me in South London, with a smashed front door ground floor flat. Mind you, at least they came for you!!!!
  3. Di

    Di Active Member

    Hmm, sorry to hear about that Lizzie. It does sound an awfully long time to wait, but I suppose they can't be everywhere at once. Were you alone most of the time you were waiting? Must have been very cold and scary. :(
  4. horn-girlie

    horn-girlie Member

    eek! no mine wasnt as bad as that!!

    and luckily I wasn't on my own, my boyfriend was dropping me off at my house, but ended up stopping until the police arrived so I wouldn't be own. Think I'd have panicked like mad if I was on my no one else was there!
  5. on_castors

    on_castors Member

    Not even remotely surprised.

    The current trend I have very recently experienced (for "Anti social behaviour" - known in the past as a complete RIOT) is they don't come at all, whether or not it is still ongoing or not!..... but I had 3 phone calls about it! All different people, telling me nothing.

    Had they been DRIVING whilst rioting, perhaps they would have all been fined!

    Years ago I was told, half joking-ly by a copper to ring the fire brigade if you wanted the Police to turn up - at the time (don't know how common it is now) the nearest Police attended Fire 999 calls too, but as it was seen as a good excuse for not doing something else they should be, so they tended to to ALL turn out. Maybe this is something similar :-(
  6. gateway

    gateway New Member

    on Wednesday our 15 year old son was attacked in town only 200yds from police station by a gang of over 15 youths, but for the intervention of nearby shop staff, he would probably been more seiously injured. Took police over 24hrs to come and interview him !!! again told too busy by control room operator, who when challanged about response ended the call by putting the phone down not a very impressive reaction!!
  7. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Don't get me started....
  8. Di

    Di Active Member

    Take a deep breath and count to 10, Will. ;)
  9. andyp

    andyp Active Member

  10. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Of course there's the apocryphal story of the lady who woke up in middle of the night and discovered that burglars were breaking into her garden shed. Obviously she called the police and she was told it could be some hours as they were very busy and there was nobody available.

    She kept a watch on the offenders and then rang the police back. "Don't bother coming out. I've shot them, so they'll still be here in the morning."

    Within 5 minutes there were 6 police cars, a swat team, a helicopter and several policemen on bikes. They caught the burglars still in the act.

    They arrested the burglars and then the chief of police came and said to the woman "I thought you said you'd shot them?" The lady said "I thought you said there was nobody available?"
  11. Sellers_Bird

    Sellers_Bird Active Member

    i rang the police for work last week, 999 call as the security staff had caught a shoplifter.. said shoplifter then started poppin whatever illegal substances he had on him including 6 viagra until he was foaming at the mouth! police were informed and still took 40 minutes to arrive. ambulance was there about 15mins before, absolutely ridiculous!!!
  12. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    I think its just luck and how close an unoccupied police unit is to your house at the time of the call.
    We once had an intruder at our house who came in through the utility room window which adjoins our garage. It was left open because the vent hose from the tumble drier was hanging out of it. We must have disturbed him and he fled with just a half box of washing powder tablets and a half bottle of Lenor fabric softner.
    We phoned the police and they were there within 10-15 minutes. We all thought it a bit odd that he had only took the washing stuff and the police were making jokes about him making a 'Clean' getaway and it was serious and they couldn't 'wash there hands of the matter'. They actually didn't think it a waste of time though as he was obviously an opportunist burgler - as he had been stacking my boxes of tools near the window before he was disturbed and fled.

    However, the police response is not the major problem. At band we caught a youth in the act of rifling through the glove compartment of one of our cars after he had forced the lock with a screwdriver. The police came and took him away within 10 minutes but it never came to court even though we caught him red handed with the tool he used to break in.
  13. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    While the response times are indeed appalling, it is not altogether the police's fault. Calls are prioritised at the call centres now and not necessarily passed to units on the streets. A 'civilian' ticks boxes on the call and then assigns a priority to the incident. In the good old days all calls were put over the radio and the police officers decided how urgent a call was, now even whether they respond on blues lights and sirens is decided by the control rooms and not those doing the driving. As for the prosecution, it is not down to the police anymore. The Crown Prosecution Service decide if they can be bothered with it and get a conviction, if they are too busy or might have to actually prosecute a case they don't bother! Any problems you get, complain in writing to the Chief Superintendent at the police station covering the area, especially where an operator hangs up on you! The police really are trying to help you, it's the government wanting policing to be run like a business, with targets to be met and value for money etc. and the senior officers now being 'managers' that is preventing old fashioned coppering.
  14. gateway

    gateway New Member

    We've already spoken to an inspector after having made an official complaint. The problem is that our sons perception of the police is very low, ie they don't care about this type of incident. This is a feeling that is being echoed around his school which surely is not the way the police should be being talked about by the young generation.
  15. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Nothing new there then. The young have never held the police much in regard.
  16. postie

    postie Member

    We had our little car broken into about 6 weeks ago - we came home after going to see Rocky Horror show to find the car parked further down the road. My wife went to look at it and discovered the car door had been forced open with a screwdriver and ignition area totally damaged. Due to immobiliser, the little so and so's could not drive off in it. However they managed to get into and drive off into a neighbours van which was parked on his driveway. Now to cut the long story short, the neighbour fortunately got his van back after doing some clever detective work and got the police involved to make an arrest. However I got a message on my mobile phone the other day left by the police saying they had not been able to catch the person involved!!! Its all a bit strange....
  17. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Actually, I think you are slightly wrong. When the police didn't have to fill out 100 or so pages of forms for every incident, and when they could grab you by the scruff of your neck and take you to your parents, whether at work or at home, and when your parents could paddle your backside - which they could do in public - you were afraid of the police. Wrong! Sorry, you were afraid of being caught in the wrong by the police and you trusted the police to catch criminals and trusted the courts to hand out appropriate sentences in a reasonable amount of time.

    There was none of the wishy-washy liberalism that ham-strings the legal system and none of the so-called human rights issue that hands justice to the criminals rather than the victim. I have to say, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for this situation.
  18. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I was burgled during the day a couple of years ago while I was at work. A neighbour came home and found my back window smashed and called the police. By the time I had got home, the police had been and gone, as had an emergency carpenter they had called to board up the window. The next day scenes of crime came round and fingerprinted the place.

    They never found the culprits nor recovered my stuff, but I can't fault the response they made. I could complain about the £120 bill that the emergency carpenter slapped me with though! :(
  19. on_castors

    on_castors Member

    And a big fat bald headed Copper RUNS the show, tells the lesser plods what to do, and gets amply reward with 6 figure Salary. Civilians haver very little say in any of it.

    Even the Home Secretary has relatively little direct control!
  20. BbBill

    BbBill Supporting Member

    I dont have much respect for the polis really, 10-15 years ago you'd just get a warning if you'd done something wrong, now they seem to do you with every charge in the book if you do something silly. Thats prob half the problem theyre useless at catching proper criminals, theyre too busy harrasing normal civilians cos its easier!

    Sometimes I think these younger polismen need to be reminded theyre there to enforce the law and are simply not the law themselves.

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