If you've ever had to call the police due to a neighbor's noise, harassment, vandalism, etc., you know how low a priority we of the Good Neighbor Underclass are given by police dispatchers. If the neighbor isn't holding a knife against your throat and isn't armed, the call is deemed an interpersonal conflict. A nuisance call.
So, what warrants top priority in a small town where gang violence, belligerent homeless people and machine gun rampages aren't taking place?
Get ready to invest in CVS, Walgreens and all the chain drug stores.
Swipe a pack of gum and run out of one of those stores, here in the New Jersey region just across the river from Philadelphia, and an APB goes out for you. Police patrol cars rush in from surrounding districts. I've seen parades of police vehicles zip the wrong way down my one-way street, all in pursuit of a shoplifter who wasn't armed and didn't hurt anyone.
This isn't to say it's okay to steal. But if it's a pack of gum or cigarettes, a bottle of medicine or booze, police need to tell these pharmacies and other stores to hire security guards to protect their merchandise. Taxpayers already pay high prices at these stores for such overhead, and would like for the local cops to reevaluate their priorities.
Make shoplifting calls the nuisance. Make quality-of-life calls the ones that warrant such a show of force.