Regardless what you believe a response time will be, here are startling facts as gathered from the Justice Department.
“The Department of Justice, with their statistical prowess, reports that the best response time is 4 minutes and the worst over 1 hour. Interpretation? If you live in an upper income area you probably are privy to the 4 minute response time, while middle to rural areas will see a much longer response” 4 minutes is probably in Seattle for a 911 call for heart attack, Seattle does ambulance response times better than anywhere in the world.”
As to police, in an emergency such as violent attacks in the home,
“Now here is where things get interesting. Even though the Department of Justice determined that the average police response time to a 911 call is 4 minutes, the average interaction time between a criminal and his victim is 90 seconds.
That translates to you being robbed/injured/maimed/raped/murdered and waiting for an additional 2 and a half minutes for the police to arrive. The truth of the matter is that the police will almost always arrive AFTER the crime has happened and the criminal has gone.”
If it is a traffic emergency, expect to wait much longer, in a recent incident in a Hit and Run event, you can expect 20 to 60 minutes.
Solution: learn to protect yourself in whatever that means to you. Learn CPR/AED and First Aid, You only have 6 minutes to live if you have a heart attack, every second counts in a heart attack emergency.
It’s up to you to defend yourself. The police cannot be everywhere. As a citizen, you are accountable for your own personal safety, and be prepared for your health emergencies.