I did a search once on the average police response time. My methods were not really scientific, but I came to a guestimate that the average response time under the most favorable conditions was around 4 minutes. This was sort of a [email protected]$$ed attempt on my part to come up with some kind of a guage as to just how effective a phone call to the police would be in preventing you from being victimized, but I know there has to be a more accurate number out there. I am actually thinking that my figure is probably way off. It almost has to be longer than that, especially if you consider small towns with only a few cops or rural areas where the cops sometime get lost on the way to where they are going. Does anyone have any idea about where to start on this one? BTW - This is not meant to be a cop-bashing thread. I know that you guys can't be everywhere at once. I just want a number to wheel out when I get into an argment about how effective guns are for self defense.