Sounds like a ludicrous headline doesn’t it? Unfortunately this headline stems from a USA Today article from March 2014. The basic premise of the article is that many dangerous criminals commit crimes and essentially go scot-free by simply fleeing the jurisdiction where they committed the crime. What this means to us is that there are almost 187,000 outstanding warrants for felons – some of whom may very well be in your neighborhood. As I noted in one of my previous posts – this is not the time to fall victim to the “it won’t happen to me” trap.
Keep in mind that this 187,000 number is only for outstanding warrants for felons. There is no telling how many other types of criminals – including those willing to take that next step to becoming a violent felon – are out there. This means this means the guy standing behind you in line at Wal-mart, paying for coffee in front of you at 7-11, or pumping gas right next to you could be a wanted fugitive.
It comes down to money. Budget cuts hurt everyone – including law enforcement agencies. There are dozens and dozens of stories out there outlining how wait times for 911 responses are getting longer and longer because law enforcement simply does not have the resources to respond to all calls. Do you want to discover that one of these 187,000 wanted felons has suddenly surfaced at your back door at 1:00 a.m. and be told by 911 that the nearest officer is 20 minutes away – and only then realize you have no other way to defend yourself and your family?
I know I harp on this all the time, but this is just another reason why situational awareness is so critical. There is no longer any such thing as a routine trip to the store. You need to be aware of what is going on around you. You need to be prepared to be abl stop a threat to you and your family!
Be Informed! Get Trained! Stay Safe!