Written by Bernie Carr
We’ve been hearing about major cities’ plans to defund their police departments, but today, we are hearing that with all the turnover going on, there may be aleady be police shortage in many areas.
86% of police departments have staff shortages
According to a recent study reported by the National Police Foundation, almost nine out of ten police departments in the country are experiencing staff shortages.
Authorities are concerned that this is going to be a threat to public safety.
What’s going on?
More and more police officers are:
- Looking for other employment
- Moving to other areas
- Low morale
In some cities, police personnel are being singled out and attacked. Add that budget shortfalls in many cities, difficulty in recruiting, and you are looking at a possible severe shortage of police officers in a year or two.
Just a few examples:
Atlanta is also having a critical police shortage, as the city is down approximately 400 officers, according to Fox5.
What does this mean to communities?
Because of the shortage of police personnel, it will take longer to get responses to 911 calls. If you are accustomed to police showing up within three to five minutes, it may take nine minutes or longer for a response.
Nine minutes is a long time to wait, as crimes happen within seconds to a minute or two.
If you live in a community that is having mass exodus of police personnel, you need to:
- Avoid problem areas.
- Improve the security of your home or apartment. Make your doors and windows more secure.
- Think about what you would do if you had to barricade yourself in your apartment.
- Consider how you will protect yourself and your home legally if you are threatened. If you choose a weapon such as a firearm, learn everything you can to use it safely.
- If you live alone, you need to pay even more attention to security.
- If you do choose to own a firearm, make sure you have legal protection in the event you need to use it. Our contact offers a free survival kit when you join.
- Think about whether this is a good time for you to move to a safe area, or at least a gated community. Of course this would only be if your own personal circumstances allow it.
Most of us still need to live in or near the city due to family, work, school and other necessities. Not everyone can just pick up and move. You just need to be aware of how safe it is in your area, areas to avoid, and find ways to make yourself safe where you are.
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About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.