48 Minutes to Respond to a 911 Call About Someone Trying to Break Into a Home

What if you called 911 and no one came? Or they didn’t arrive for a very long time? Tick-tock: How long is too long to wait for police? | WKYC.com

Multiple calls to 911 by numerous people kept getting the same response. “Cops are on the way.” But of course they weren’t.

At 29 minutes since the first call, another neighbor called 911.

And he didn’t mince words.

“Do you guys actually ever send somebody?” Terry Bazeley [a neighbor] asked the operator. “Why aren’t they sending somebody?”

Operator: “Ah, they’ve been dispatched.”

“It’s five minutes from headquarters, so 25 minutes later somebody should have been here,” Bazeley implored.

At 48 minutes after the first 911 call, an officer called dispatch to see if they were still waiting, and he went to the neighborhood.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but what if the result isn’t quite what you expect? Then what will you do?

The residents of the home this guy was trying to break into, were armed. If he hadn’t been so drunk/drugged/whatever and had gotten in, he would probably be dead. As it is, when cops FINALLY arrived they arrested him for drunk and disorderly.

Calling 911 is fine thing to do, but I think you should have more strategy than just, “Call 911.”