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Dane County 911 Works Efficiently, Speedily

March 31, 2009

We never think we will need 911, but when we do it is comforting to know that it works as it should.  Last night was such a time to know that Dane County has a working 911 system that meets the needs of the public.   After a less then fun-filled night at our home, there is a bit of humor that also can now be added to the story.  In addition I add for my readers  just a note as a friendly reminder to always keep your cars locked, even in your own driveway.  That lesson has now been taught to a certain old women in the neighborhood.

Last night at 3AM, after too many chapters of Brad Meltzer’s “The Book Of Fate” (a fun read!) I went to bed and had my earphones in while listening to WGN radio.  I soon started to slumber but it was not long before we were awakened by the flashing lights of the motion detector by our cars.  This has happened a few times over the past month or two.  This time, I flew to the window quickly enough and discovered a man wearing a ski mask in our neighbor’s car, The old woman had left it unlocked again!  I banged the window with my knuckles loud enough for the man to hear (amazingly I did not break the glass) and the guy climbed out of the car, flipping James, who was now also at the other bedroom window, and myself the bird. He then ran off.  Looking back on it I think I am more angry with a thief having the balls to flip me off in my own driveway after an attemepted robbery, than I am with the idea he was here to steal in the first place.  Cheeky little scum-bag.  

I then grabbed the phone and called 911.  The operator who took my call was thorough and calming, because I admit I was very upset and angry.  Within 90 seconds we had squad cars descend on the area, and I was then needing to find some clothes in the dark so in order to meet the officers.  I was quite amazed at the speed and response from both the 911 operator, and the police officers.  Out into the chilly night I went to greet Madison’s finest public servants as they started to look into whether anything had been damaged, or stolen.  He said that we were lucky to have the motion detector (as opposed to a light that is always on) since otherwise we would not have known there was something going on outside.  He cautioned us to be sure to help remind the old woman that she needed to keep her car locked.  The policeman asked us to wake the woman so that she could verify if anything had been taken and to lock her car.  As he waited for her to amble to the car, he said, “She is going to want to thank you that she still has a car to get into tomorrow morning.”   James and I laughed a bit, as the woman is not known for her demonstrative displays of gratitude. (There is humor in everything….we just need to look for it.)

  1. April 1, 2009 5:03 PM


    We do live in a good part of the city. In fact a great part, and our property tax bills are proof of that. Here you will find college profs, architects, artists and even elected officials who call this area home. The crime stats for my area are quite low. Summer skinny dipping seems to be the biggest crime wave in the summer. Before moving here I checked them out, and checked since then, and found them basically unchanged. The fact that this act as described in the post happened is not a reflection of the actual neighborhood, but instead is a sign of the desperate times where people feel inclined to do truly stupid things. I also blame the drug culture for creating many of the junkies that need to resort to crime to feed their habits. The point of the post is that the 911 system worked as it was designed to do, and we all can be proud of that no matter where we live in the city or county.

  2. josh permalink
    April 1, 2009 4:28 PM

    Yep, it doesn’t take long for police to come when you live in a high-crime area. Meanwhile, those of us that live in a little bit better part of town get to wait about 10 minutes when you have had an intruder actually in the house…

  3. Solly permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:49 AM

    Put the order for the election night victory party cocktail weenies on hold!

    Kathleen good night Kathleen good night
    Good night Kathleen Good night Kathleen
    I’ll see you in my dreams

  4. Solly permalink
    April 1, 2009 8:58 AM

    I’m glad to hear you guys are safe and 9-1-1 worked well. You might want to mention the incident to your neighborhood association, so that if they have a mechanism to do so they can remind people to lock their vehicle and garage doors and keep a lookout for suspicious activity.

    When we had a bunch of daytime thefts from open garages and nightime car thefts the neighborhood was alerted and someone called in some unknown people hanging around and they caught them with a carload of stolen goods.

    Since you tagged the post with the “Kathleen” I assume this is a reference to what a good job she’s doing. You might want to remember her revolving bail fund, where the county loans money to the perps to get out of jail free (I wonder if they give them a souvenier Monopoly card) and her ham handed attempt to blackmail the county judges into a quota of sentencing more people to community service or the judges wouldn’t get the funds in the budget for the staff attorneys they needed.

    Gee, too bad she wasn’t promoted to AG with that kind of catch and release philosophy and 60% of the voters in Dane County voted against her in the Democratic primary. Maybe some chickens will finally come home to roost and she won’t get the opportunity to run for another job right after getting re-elected, like she did in 2001 and 2005.

  5. Thomas J Canton permalink
    March 31, 2009 4:49 PM

    Did the old woman ever thank you? At least that or a homemade apple pie for your efforts…

    Good job Greg..

  6. Paulette permalink
    March 31, 2009 12:57 PM

    Oh my gosh, how horrible. Thank goodness for Gregory’s bravery! Too bad the woman won’t appreciate it, but I do. Greg is keeping our entire block safe.

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