Police Response Time

Posted by on September 15, 2014 at 5:20 am.

 

Police Response Time

 

No matter what some people would say, being a victim isn’t noble or morally superior to being a capable survivor.

Predators who select victims based on the expected inability to resist, often desist when even a small number of the expected easy marks give them trouble. For example, where even a few women are known to be armed, all women benefit from the reduction in attempted rapes and other violent crimes. That no external differences indicate which person is defenseless and which isn’t makes all of us safer.

When a threat to your safety comes from a hostile human, it is unrealistic to expect that an assault would be postponed long enough to let you call for help … www.a-human-right.com

Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime. source: U.S. Dept of Justice, 2008. (most recent data available)

Response Time
Within 5 min
6-10 min
11 min to 1 hour
Within 1 day
Longer than 1 day
Length of time unknown
Not ascertained
Violent Crime *
28.3%
30.3%
33.5%
2.5%
0.4%
5.0%
0.0%
Robbery
32.3%
38.8%
28.3%
0.0%
0.0%
0.6%
0.0%
Aggravated assault
20.9%
32.6%
36.4%
4.8%
0.0%
5.4%
0.0%
Simple assault
31.4%
28.0%
31.8%
2.4%
0.1%
6.2%
0.0%
Property crimes
12.8%
20.2%
47.8%
12.6%
1.9%
4.7%
0.0%
Household burglary
13.6%
21.8%
46.9%
12.6%
1.9%
3.3%
0.0%
Motor vehicle theft
12.5%
22.2%
49.1%
11.5%
1.3%
3.3%
0.0%
Theft
12.5%
18.9%
48.0%
12.7%
2.0%
5.9%
0.1%

* Includes data on rape and sexual assault.

Information from Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners


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