activities other than skateboarding are a crime
• The vast majority of calls are about nonviolent issues and do not end in an arrest or really anything.
• Surprisingly common crime: scrap metal theft.
• Surprisingly uncommon crime: violence between strangers. This isn’t an actual statistic, but based on what I’ve seen, I’d say there’s about a hundred domestic violence calls (including quite a lot of parent/child, sibling, and roommate violence; it’s not just romantic partners) for every one attack by a stranger.
• Burglar alarms are useless. Every police department gets dozens of false-alarm calls a day and I didn’t see one that turned out to be an actual burglar.