http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/gunshots_fired_into_northwest.html It's a common story. You can't rely on a ubiquitous police presence to keep you safe. Portland has about 1000 sworn personnel. They'll respond when they can, investigate later, and may or may not figure out who did it. In the meantime, you or a loved one may be dead. The police may regret your loss, but it's not their responsibility to keep someone from harming you or your family. "To Protect and To Serve" is the LAPD's motto. They probably do a better job of protecting citizens down there.