Take this story, for instance. An elderly woman called the division, claiming her house was burglarized. The woman stated her friend was house-sitting for her, and when he entered the location, the house was ransacked and most of her possessions were missing. Jewelry, China, family heirlooms, the works.
The woman’s friend called 911, and when police arrived, they stated they could not take the report because the victim was not there. The woman was called, and she broke down crying. The woman had no homeowner’s insurance, and she could not make the report personally because she was in a hospital.
The surgeons were going to amputate her leg Monday morning.
So this woman was dealing with a ransacked house and the loss of her possessions the night before she was losing her leg, and the police were doing nothing for her.
Regular readers know I am an insensitive jackass who uses dark humor to hide my insecurities. On the flip side, I also hate people. That said, there was no way I wasn’t going to help this woman. After talking to my sergeant, we called the district supervisor and demanded they take the burglary report. The friend could give a basic breakdown of what was taken, and the woman could fill in the gaps when she is out of recovery. The supervisor hemmed and hawed for a bit, and finally agreed when we said we would call her captain.
The good news is the victim had her report taken, her house processed for prints, and hopefully a little peace of mind.