Saturday, November 08, 2008

Getting Robbed 4 Times

There are moments when I actually hate being president of the Warrendale Community Organization. One of those moments came last night when I got a phone call from someone who had just been robbed for the fourth time this year.

The frustration and agony of being robbed that often was only magnified by the fact that, despite repeated pleas to the Detroit Police Department and its Northwestern District as well as the crime reports that they've filed, they've never seen or heard from a police officer. They have gotten absolutely no response what so ever and no sense of protection from the police.

And they turn to me, as president of their neighborhood association, looking for answers.

I can explain to them that Detroit needs a lot more police officers on the job; that change takes time and that the City's financial crisis only makes things harder. But none of that makes any sense to someone who has been robbed four times in less than a year.

It doesn't do any good to mention the police mini-station that is in operation 4 miles away for 8 hours a day nor does it help to talk about a command post being parked nearby for a couple of days.

Nothing really makes sense at that point. The only thing that registers in one's mind at that point is that these people have been robbed four times in less than year and the police have been unable or unwilling to do anything about it.

Nothing makes sense to a person who has been robbed four times in less than a year.

It's moments like that where I simply hate being president of the community group and hate being a Detroiter.

Update @ 7:47 p.m.
I've gotten a few message saying that this many robberies at one location simply can't be a random thing. It's not.

The particular house in question is literally surrounded by vacant homes. Therefore, the thieves can strike in broad daylight - while the owners are at work - and there's no one around to witness the deed, call the police or otherwise interfere with them.

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