You are so right. When all the furor over missing women in Zachary was happening, several years back, a man tried to get inside our home, even turning our door handle while preaching and talking through the door about selling us christian books for children.
I was terrified and ran out back to our German Shepherd. The intruder went to his truck and left - in a camper truck.
When I called the ZPD, the young woman was unconcerned and said if he did not actually enter our home, there was no reason to send anyone out - and they didn't!-
My husband is a retired BRPD Capt.--- the ZPD is a joke among other police depts. and this is one reason why. If there's a serious problem, we'll call the Sheriff's Dept. The ZPD seems to feel they must sweep controversy under the rug. At least in my experience and that one profound experience changed the way I feel in my own home - vunerable and without protection or recourse.
It's been some years but I do still come inside when I am alone - no yard work or sitting on the porch and relaxing - it's a shame.
The least the ZPD dispatcher should have known is 'solicitation' is against the rules - send an officer out and take a report on that. I'm still in disbelief over the whole affair.
I am very disappointed with the local police here.
Not once have we heard anything about a local person missing. If they would have broadcast that someone was missing and type of vehicle they were looking for, she would have been located sooner. The area she was found in has hundreds of vehicles pass daily. But no one here heard anything about it until tonight 2/2/09.
I am so sorry to hear about what happened. It just saddens me to know that the police could not have performed their duties any better than this. Like crime doesn't happen here. The only way we find out about serious crimes seems to be word of mouth. Then it is too late as in this case.
My prayers are with her family.