What I learned last weekend: If your car gets broken into, there’s probably no point in calling the police because they won’t do anything.
This turns out to be true even if you direct police to the thieves’ van, with the perpetrators sitting in it holding your stolen stuff in plain view. The police will tell you to forget it, and call your insurance instead.
Last weekend I was at my son’s soccer game at Woodland Park in Seattle. It was pouring, so we foolishly left a purse in the car. Someone smashed the driver’s side window and snatched the purse.
Because nobody saw the crime, the police told us just to file a report online.