Why do people feel the need to annonuce to people comitting crimes, that they are going to call the police on them? In what universe is that actually a good idea? Personally, as a paranoid person I would think logically it would be better if you see a crime happening to just call the police but not tell them that you are.
What do you think?
Most Helpful Guy
Let's imagine what happens if you say nothing:
The person probably thinks the cops aren't coming so they continue. Realistically, the cops are going to take some time to get there. It isn't an immediate response, as much as that would be nice. In that time, the crime being committed could just get worse and escalate further. 5 minutes, or however long, makes a big difference.
I would argue, however, that it is better to say "I'm calling the cops. You better stop" or "I called the cops-- they're on their way. You better stop" That way it is more direct and they can't really brush it off as a measly warning.
By telling the person though that the cops are coming, the assailant may stop the crime. If it is a homeless man being beat up, the homeless man's life may be saved in the process. Sure, the assailant has a higher chance of getting away, but if you asked the homeless man "Would you rather be beat to death and the man caught, or would you rather live and the man maybe get away?" I think the choice would be clear.2
Most Helpful Girl
Well ya depending on the situation you don't want to provoke it to get serious. But sometimes cops arrive too late. I would be grateful if someone stood up for me.. Any amount of time can drastically change a situation. If you were being beat would you want someone to stand by and call the cops? Or jump in to take half the beating off you? The world needs more brave people that learn to jump in and teach the assholes a lesson not pull out their phone and record it. I would rather die saving a life than recording someones life being taken.0