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Mailbag: Police need more resources to really fight crime

July 01, 2010

I want to start this letter by saying that what I have learned in this journey of being victimized and our home burglarized is that the police do not have the resources to do their job — "protect and serve." They do not have enough police, enough equipment to handle the solving of crimes, or a willingness to work between jurisdictional lines. What you see on those cop shows is very far from the real world.

Here I was very excited when a friend called me and said to get a copy of the Glendale News-Press, as he thought the woman I encountered at my home four days prior to the burglary was one of the three suspected "knock-knock burglars" caught in Glendale ("Burglary suspects arrested," May 5).

As soon as I saw the picture I was thrilled. It was her. For three days I tried to contact the detective handling the case to tell him I could identify one of the suspects. After numerous attempts, when I talked with the detective in charge and asked what they found when they issued a search warrant on each of these ladies' homes, he said they weren't going to.

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They worked their case and took the women to court after they allegedly unsuccessfully tried to break into a home in Glendale, he said.

I said, "Why wouldn't you issue a search warrant to solve more crimes?" He said they didn't have the time and that I had to reach the detective who was handling my case to do it.

After a number of phone calls and finally talking with my detective, it's a month later and I still don't know if they ever searched the homes.

These women are accused of being responsible for burglaries from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley. How many cases could be solved by finding some of the stolen goods and why wouldn't the various police departments want to do this?

They are overworked, have had overtime taken away and have very limited resources. Without the public's help to volunteer and government officials helping to direct more resources, we will potentially encounter higher crime, fewer resolutions and an ineffective police force.

So my next calls will be to the captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, then Sheriff Lee Baca, our local officials and anyone else who can help. If you have been a victim of a crime and did not get resolution, please call, too. It will help to not make you feel like a victim and the more voices, the more potential change for the positive.

Mary Hanson

Glendale

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