Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kidnapping & Shopping Carts

I was listening to the police scanner today.  LAPD hotshot frequency was busy.  They were responding to a man with a knife, domestic violence call; a group fighting in the street; a burglary in progress call with the homeowner and suspect inside the residence, and a kidnapping in progress call, two men forcing a woman inside their car.

My agency was calling for helicopter support for a shopping cart theft.  Employees of a store spotted a suspect on a bicycle pulling one of their shopping carts down the street.  They lost him just as the police car arrived.  A shopping cart is expensive, they can cost over $400 or more.  Still, it's hardly a kidnapping.

One huge advantage of small agencies is their ability to provide excellent customer service to the people who live in their city.  Because the officers know the area and are always nearby their response times are very fast.  Since they arrive quickly they often catch the criminals in the act or very soon afterwards.  It may not be as exciting, but it's still police work; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I know exactly what you mean about the shopping carts.
Apparently, some numbnuts around our area LOVE to swipe them from the nearby strip mall, and there's not a year goes by that we don't call in several of them abandoned along our streets.

The local kids even play in the streets with them!

Some people DO reuse them (the same carts pushed with whatever in them), but that's no excuse to take the thing from a store in the first place.
It costs the REST of us when they do that.

Good post.

Roll safe out there.

Mike Creek said...

In California it can be a felony to take one, they can run hundreds of dollars in value, particularly the metal ones.

Protect_and_Serve said...

There is a device that the stores can use similar to a buried wire dog shock collar fence. that locks the wheel of the cart if it leaves the parking lot. So why don't all store sue them? Because they cost money and calling the Police to complain about a theft that they knew would occur and did not take basic steps to prevent is free.

Mike Creek said...

I worked at a mall that had those. All the shopping carts were always on the perimeter with locked wheels.