As some of you may remember, my 240 was broken into at work last july.... basically across the street and up a half block from the PD. my kenwood head unit and shoei helmet were stolen out of it, along with the smashed window. pics 17-26 here: http://www.hondaswap.com/brian/2004/ First things fucking last. It happened after work... i left around 630 that night from the office to find the car as it sits. it was july 2nd, the friday of the holiday weekend. I called the cops, and basically, they wouldn't do shit but take my name, address, phone num, location of incident, and what was stolen over the phone. they refused to send a patrol car to look at it-- as i stood there on my mobile, at least 4 cruisers passed my parking lot going to and from the PD just down the road. could not one of them pull in for 5 min and take a look? appearently, it was too much to ask. My mom got all pissed off, and took it a step further. she wrote an op-ed article to our local paper. it aired 10/15/04. http://www.bristolpress.com/site/news.cfm?..._id=10486&rfi=8 In yesterday's paper, 2/9/05 a police officer replied: http://www.bristolpress.com/site/news.cfm?..._id=10486&rfi=8 Now, the plot thickens. The cop who replied, happens to be one of my good friend's uncle. (Barry for those of you who know me/him). This caused some drama today between several of my friends.... Now, i've never met his uncle- and i'm sure he doesn't have a clue that i know his nephew either. read them both with an open mind. you have the background to my parents letter. Now, for my comments. Two things pissed me off on the reply: He made an UN-personal crticism of the level of service i received a personal attack on my parents intelligence. A main focal point that he dwells on is - in a word - time. Petty crimes, such as what happened to me, are dealt with just as it was with me according to the SOP (standard operating procedures) -- over the phone, file the report, and thats about it. Appearently there is too much time involved for him or any other patrol officer to stop in for 5 min on his way BY where i'm standing..... but at the same time, he has enough free time to sit down, and type up a letter to the editor-- at LEAST an hours worth of time to type that much for a decent typer and then editing it, printing it, mailing it in to the paper and so forth. Thats a LOT of effort, in my opinion. So, what do you folks think. I'd like to see this post turn into a good debate. one-liners like "fuck the police" need not post (and in fact, i'll delete it if you do, so don't.) if you don't have the time to reply with a well though-out reponse in paragraph form, please don't bother replying. Thanks.