Friday, October 24, 2008

How to prevent home invasion robbery

Three words of advice I gave yesterday during my monthly on-air chat with KFOR Radio's Dale Johnson:

"Don't deal drugs."
I'll have some more on home invasion robbery next week.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could you post a crime map of the NE bb gun vandalisms? Are you able to follow the path they walked?

Anonymous said...

Excellent advice! I predict a segue from dealing drugs to home invasion robbery, because a drug deal usually precedes a home invasion robbery. The HI Robber is usually there for drugs or drug cash, and they know that one or both item types are there, because they either just did a drug deal with the target, or arranged a drug deal and intend to do a rip-off.

If a robber just wants cash, they could boost a franchised convenience store that has a policy prohibiting carrying of guns by their employees (which means the employees probably won't be armed) or just do a street robbery of a walking commuter. If they want household goods, they could just do a plain, old burglary.

Anonymous said...

Do not be an idiot Thats how you prevent Home invasion robberies. Oh wait can I call someone an idiot?

Anonymous said...

I think if that special someone is a drug dealer, you are in the clear to call them that-
Quit busting his stones already, he said what he said and I don't disagree. Any of you that want to defend the vandals and drug dealers as not being idiots are probably in the same category as they are.

Tom Casady said...

8:18-

Busy today, I'll try to blog on that Monday or Tuesday, I hope.

Anonymous said...

No one disagrees with the assessment that these folks are "idiots". It is more the fact that if Officers were use such insolent language it would not be tolerated and a write up would follow. We all agree with the Chief about his opinion and wish we could tell people the "cold hard facts" about their behavior. However, this is not tolerated from Officers so it should not be tolerated from those setting the example.

Tom Casady said...

1:19-

Alright, already. Although I didn't direct the word "idiot" towards any specific person, and used in in a hypothetical reference in my personal blog, I have nonetheless resolved to avoid such unseemly chiefly behavior, and have indeed been issued an official reprimand, which I neither intend to greive nor purge from my personnel file. What more do you want from me?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should suspend yourself for a couple days, sounds like you need it ;-)

Anonymous said...

Chief, at least you dont have LPD cruisers being driven by Melissa Midwest on Youtube.com, like other another local agency has. Now that officer would truly be an idiot.

Tom Casady said...

6:10-

If that lead in: "Don't touch anyting, I could get in trouble" (or whatever) is not quite obvious enough, how about:

1. Wrong graphics on door. In fact, I think you'll not find a matching font in Nebraska.
2. Car 54 on roof? I don't think so. And would you really use an outline font for asomething you're supposed to see from a helicopter?
3. Note the hole in driver's side door pillar where the spotlight used to be, prior to removal.
4. The laptop is loose on the console (notice how it keeps sliding and shifting). It is a consumer Dell.
5. There's a yellow car lot tag hanging on key ring.
6. Federal Jetsonic light bar, certainly not on a local sheriff's patrol car.

We have here a used, decommissioned patrol car that someone has gained access to for the purpose of filming the "show."

Anonymous said...

In other words, only an idiot (or maybe an imbecile) would mistake that for an actual LSO cruiser.

Anonymous said...

Why are we getting so upset at using the word 'idiot?' Let's face it, anymore almost any word can be considered offensive. Why consider it offensive if it fits. From Dictionary.com:
id⋅i⋅ot
   /ˈɪdiət/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [id-ee-uht] Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. an utterly foolish or senseless person.
Or, from Mark Twain:
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." [c.1882]
Chief, remove that reprimand. Save those for the really offensive words...

Anonymous said...

Answer or ignore as you see fit, but I was wondering how long the blade was for A8-107321.

Tom Casady said...

1:30-

"...in excess of 3.5 inches."

adams said...

At approximately 10:40 tonight I called 911 with a request for an officer as we believe we heard a gun shot followed by the sounds of someone injured in our backyard. It is now 11:10--still no officer-- and the second dispatcher--called 15 minutes later-- indicated he didn't know why an officer didn't get dispatched following my first call. He'd be happy to pull someone out of a meeting--since it's shift change--to be assigned to our call.

Not terribly confident LPD is going to catch anyone breaking into our homes.

Tom Casady said...

adams-

The Southeast Team was tied up on a gun-point robbery down the road at the McDonalds at Highway 2 and Old Cheney. I think most citizens would be quite surprised at the small number of police officers available to cover this city of a quarter million. We are a very, very small police force--smallest in the State. In our region, we are wedged in between Indianola, Iowa and Lee's Summit, Missouri, as the 181st smallest police force of the 194 in Nebraska and our surrounding states.

Two officers from Southwest Lincoln were dispatched to your call about 20 minutes after it was received. I think it was held too long before someone made the decision to send available officers from across town (if anyone was in fact available), and I'll ask the City's Emergency Communications Center to review it. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of that 58th & Old Cheney robbery, "...driving west down Old Cheney..." sounds a lot like "...back to the Lodge Apts, where they live with their girlfriends, who are broke till after the 1st." to me. It's wise to be careful every day, just as a habit - but a little more careful during the last part of the month, if you're anywhere near that apt complex.

JIM J said...

Adams: Please keep us posted as to the response you get. Most of the issues I have had with the dispatch team have been resolved favorably. They have some vey experienced supervisors. You will know if you have a trained professional on the phone, or one of the many new people they hire. Seems they have a HUGE turnover rate. Management is not lacking talent. Very FEW people can do the dispatcher's job. I took the pre-employment test once. Everyone should take this test. Just for splats and giggles, take the test. The test is about matching colors, kind of like pushing the button on the cash register at Mcdunolds. Big Mac? Push the button that has the Pic of a Big Mac, ect. In your case, I bet, The police were swamped with calls. In this community, It is only a matter of time and a BIG incident will occur. LPD (thanks to a tight budget and prior Mayor inactions) will not have the person power to send someone fast. (person power)now that is political correct

Anonymous said...

Is there a more complete description that the (likely redacted) version given at the LJS for the 58th & Cold Cheney robbers? The victim was able to distinguish a blue bandanna from any other color despite the darkness of night, and ditto for the black gun, so I figure there's more to the description.

More often than not, their Rutledge-era info filter gets in the way of the LJS printing the full suspect descriptions that LPD and LSO released to them. I call this LJS policy "pro-criminal" and "anti-law-enforcement".

adams said...

Two officers arrived at our door at 11:15 and we were pleased with their coverage of the area. They didn't find anything but put our minds at ease and continued to search the area before we talked with them and after. I don't know what happened but we know what we heard wasn't the norm for this neighborhood and we had a disheartening wake up call as to the LPD response time. I recognize priority calls, that wasn't my complaint, Chief Cassady. The 2nd dispatcher indicated that our call hadn't been assigned and he couldn't tell me why. Perhaps he was just being diplomatic and didn't want to tell me there was an armed robbery taking place just down the road from us, but we were left feeling as if we were vulnerable and not protected.
Thank you, though, for your responses.

Anonymous said...

You can't always count on 911 (response time, availability of officers, etc.) to be there to save your butt. Your chances go up statistically if there are more cops available but that's not going to happen in Lincoln any time soon, if ever. It only gets worse when more areas are annexed making the ratio of cop to person even lower. That's why some people want to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon.

Anonymous said...

I call effective home invasion 45acp… You come knocking at my door at 3AM expect a vary disgruntled and armed resident.

Lorimor said...

"fundamental principle of American law is that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." Warren vs DC 1981


http://policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=1172&issue_id=52007

Call me a radical, but I believe the cities in Nebraska that still prohibit concealed carry by qualified private citizens are asking for a lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

The Chief doesn't care he supports a ban on CCW

"Casady, who supports the mayor’s proposal, said he himself felt cheated out of the opportunity to be heard."

Unless Chief you've changed your mind?

(http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/07/25/top_story/doc44c54c08ce86c726066523.txt)