Man, you're just kind of a whiner, aren't ya?
I get that your incident sucked, but when you don't cite any statistics, you can't just say crime is skyrocketing because you got unlucky with dispatch on perhaps a busy day.
Secondly, using said data, it's easy to see that auto thefts are about on average per 1000 residents as compared to the past decade or more (http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Salt-Lake-City-Utah.html).
Thirdly, it is well known that crime-committers from the west side come over to the east side (especially near the avenues and university) -- so before you start blaming dispatch for having life or death scenarios to deal with, maybe your friends should start by not leaving valuables visible in their cars.
Fourthly, you assume these auto thefts are likely armed and dangerous, and then get your son in the car with you to go find them? Why are you so mad at the dispatch for messing up and/or being crazy busy and understaffed, when you're gladly willing to put your son in harm's way to save some electronics and a car (which had insurance on it, I presume?!)? Get a grip and talk to your local politicians/representatives about getting more dispatchers... don't use city weekly as an overly-dramatic venting platform for your irrational, data-lacking assumptions and your irresponsible behaviors.
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