Is Using a DC Fire Truck as a Crime Deterrent Wise?
WUSA 9 has a story on recent efforts to deter crime in Trinidad (following a violent few days in December) that involve parking a manned fire truck in the neighborhood overnight (10pm-2am). If you went on the community crimewalk (12/5) with Kenyon McDuffie, you've already heard about the strategy. According to the WUSA 9 story, the DC Fire Fighters Association is not pleased, saying its members are not trained to fight crime. They also point out that parking the truck away from its station could slow down response times when there is a fire.
Here's an earlier story on the topic from Fox 5.
What say you? Will the mere sight of a manned firetruck prevent crime? Cause it to relocate? Will parking the firetruck here hurt fire response times?
Apparently, it is only the crew from Trinidad's House of Pain (one of the busiest stations in the country) that are being asked to spend the night stationed on the street like this (per the Fox 5 report).