When every second counts, as Ulvade demonstrated, the police are only an hour or say away. From L. Reichard White at lewrockwell.com:
Do United States cops have a duty to protect you?
On June 27th, 2005, in Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the Supreme Court found the police have no Constitutional obligation to protect individuals from private individuals. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court found in South v. Maryland that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, …there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. …The Constitution…does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.”
The best you can hope for is that the cops eventually identify and capture the “perp(s).” The cops aren’t very good at that — police solve just 2% of all major crimes. And, when they do, it rarely helps the victims and in fact may cost them more time and/or money if they have to testify etc.
So the best you can hope for is that the so-called “justice system” scares criminals into not being criminal — and the crime statistics prove they’re not good at that either.
You’ve probably heard the meme, “Dial 911 and die?” If you can face how unprotected you really are, well, check out Warren v. District of Columbia.
So, if the cops aren’t there to protect you, what ARE they for?