In the case of Terronal, apparently not all that effective. Lilliam noticed that a car parked on the street and two men entered the lot of our neighbor. They were stealing old iron and sheet metal. She called our neighbor and then reported it to the police.
When the police came, they merely said, “get along little doggie”, and did nothing more.
When we questioned the police why he did nothing, he said he didn’t think there was anything of value. Sure, these two men decided to do their civic duty and were just cleaning up the neighborhood. Not to mention, testing the police and scouting for other houses to potentially rob.
I am sorry, but that is not for the police to determine if it is of value or not. It is the owner of the property. It is the police’s responsibility to enforce the law.
You will notice that the car has no license plate. Guess that isn’t worth a ticket either.