Most people who ask for a phone report do so because that is really all that can be done. Say a lawn mower is stolen; if the person has serial #s the dept. has a communication system with pawn shops to notify any attempt to pawn these items. Though most articles are traded for drugs.
This report system is effective, and neccesary to allow the 5(FIVE) patrol deputies, all the Quorum Court (your JP's) will allow the department, to be out in the county; all 740 sq miles! A hostage situation often requires three patrol and the S.W.A.T. team. on this same night, there is a two vehicle acc. with 4 fatalities; theres at least twp officers, needing three to help w/traffic; and pray there is a reserve on that night. And in East End there is an armed robbery, with shots fired.
The S.O. needs at least 1/2 the officers that Benton has; and too many nights, and days that still isn't enough. Thank God for reserves that also put their lives on the line. And the county always needs more. And back to the neighbors earlier referred to, why don't you start a neighborhood watch.