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I had this question answered for me concisely yesterday on an attempted home intrusion call which I described on another thread. I live in a rural area, seventeen miles from the sheriff's office, nineteen miles from the State Patrol post, and seven miles from the nearest town. Running hot, the deputies were at my home in fifteen minutes from the time of the call. Not bad at all, but still quite awhile to hold down the fort. Do you have an idea of what kind of response time you are looking at where you live?
 

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I'm not sure, but once my neighbor accidentally set of my alarm (she had the code and was authorized to enter my house but forgot that you have to hit "off" after you enter the code). In any case, it was about a 10 minute response. Of course, I live less than a mile from the police station and the chief lives just a couple of blocks away.
 

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18 Minutes...if there is nothing going on. With 3-4 deputies and 2 on the weekends, its an awful big county to cover.

One call that I got took me 42 minutes of running hot up Highway 7 to the extreme edge of the county. Most of the time it is a good hour drive. Domestic Battery, of course the "boyfriend" was long gone by the time I got there. Probably a good thing. We would have had an eyeball to eyeball discussion had he been there.
 

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Mike,
Like you, I live in a rural area too. At nights there may only be a few road deputies on duty and there response time may be as much as 20 minutes.

Same with Fire/EMS.

Turns out, I'm the first responder at my house.
 

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18 Minutes...if there is nothing going on. With 3-4 deputies and 2 on the weekends, its an awful big county to cover.

One call that I got took me 42 minutes of running hot up Highway 7 to the extreme edge of the county. Most of the time it is a good hour drive. Domestic Battery, of course the "boyfriend" was long gone by the time I got there. Probably a good thing. We would have had an eyeball to eyeball discussion had he been there.
For a county of sixty-six thousand and an area roughly square of 404 square miles, we also have two deputies on the weekend night shift.
 

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Mike,
Like you, I live in a rural area too. At nights there may only be a few road deputies on duty and there response time may be as much as 20 minutes.

Same with Fire/EMS.

Turns out, I'm the first responder at my house.
I'm thinking that describes most of the folks on this forum, but certainly not the population in general.
 

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I called once when my alarm went off while I was at work... I got home in 8 minutes and the cop was waiting for me and had already checked the perimeter. Pretty strong, really (but still "minutes away").
 

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It's taken as long as 30 minutes for deputies. Rural county short staffing. Fire station just a ways east of us much better for them.
 

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I live in the city. It only takes 2-5 minutes for them to arrive.
 
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I called once at about 2:00 am for a neighbor who said her daughter had been raped, and in 2-3 minutes the place was swarming with LE. Other times, for lessor events, it's been 5-10 minutes.
 

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Less than a minute if the guys in the van across the street decide to break cover. :danceban:


seriously though, it depends.
I'm quite rural also, but the police do patrol through here occasionally and will set up speed traps around here.
If they're in the area they will be here quite quickly. If they have to come from the nearest station, probably around 20 minutes.
 

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2 to 5 minutes in my area (either local PD or Sheriff). This is Excellent response time, and I applaud them. However that is 2 - 5 minutes too long if I or my family ever really need them.

I actually worry for their safety when responding, concerning not getting into TCs, especially at some of the local intersections.
 

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What ever the times are, it is not fast enough when someone is trying to, or getting into your home.
 

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I am in the twigs and fields.

In St. Clair Co. I would quesstimate the response time would be anywhere from 15 min(very skeptical of this BTW)to 40 mins.

That's if the patrolman wasn't already in the thick of things on another matter.

As varob said, I'M the first responder @ my house. SP and Sheriff are in Pt. Huron 25min. away.
If its 0"dark:thirty, I'm gonna assume with the manpower available, we(my household) are going to have to wing it for a bit.
 
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Depends on how long it takes the cop across the street to wake up and get to my door. At least that is what he tells me. He says we may need to make a lot of noise, though.

In two of my previous homes, in two different cities, I had fire alarms (1 real, 1 false alarm). In both cases the fire department was there within five minutes and brought police with them.
 

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I am in the county about 1 mile north of the city limits. I have had to call 911 twice and both times I spent at least 5 minutes with the operator trying to convince them they need to send county, not city cops. They probably could have been there by then.

I guesstimate 10-15 minutes.
 

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Interesting thread. My guess, 4-6 minutes.
 

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In our new home the wife and I luckily haven't had to find out. There's an officer that lives a few homes down that makes trips through the neighborhood before, during, and after their shift so the presence is known. Before we moved into this home we actually lived 2 blocks from the local station and the neighborhood was getting rougher by the week. There was times that my wife, myself, or the neighbors would call the police and they'd actually never show up. If they did, it would take their sweet time and they acted very disinterested. Its almost like the citizens are a bother. Most are very unprofessional as well in public. Needless to say, I don't have much faith in our local LE.

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At my new place I do not know but when neighbors call with shots fired I can guess it will be pretty quick. where I lived in Az it could be up to I hour but things are peaceful and the sign that says CCTV and audio on premise
 

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I have only had to call once at my residence, It was about 10pm, I called to report shots fired (not by me) I live in the city and they were there in about 5 minutes or less.
 
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