Thursday, November 15, 2012

911: We just can't possibly have cars outside every house

Rely solely on 911 or be prepared to defend your home and family?

Eastern New Orleans (Home Invasion):

 The St. Helena Place victims said they were shocked that the robbers were undeterred by their 10-foot fence, four cars in the driveway, signs warning of their security alarm system and visible cameras. 

Crouching behind a living room couch, the husband fired several shots at the robbers. The robbers returned fire with an automatic weapon and another gun.

The victims said they were "very disappointed" with the NOPD's response time. The wife said her phone call with the 911 dispatcher lasted 15 minutes before police arrived. "If we'd waited for NOPD, we'd be dead," the wife said.

NOPD spokeswoman officer Hilal Williams, however, said the department's response time was "acceptable" -- officers were dispatched to the scene at 4:09 a.m. and the first units arrived at 4:18 a.m. Williams acknowledged that "10 minutes can feel like forever when you're in that type of situation," but still, she said, the reality is "we just can't possibly have cars outside every house."


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