I think it's kind of cute that people still think the government is there to help them.
On a personal note, I learned this exact lesson. When I was 20, living in my own apartment, I came home from work and found I had been broken into. I too had been taught not to enter the home, in case the burglars were still there.
In my case, my neighbor finally came home from work and did a walk-through for me, but the police never showed up.
As I've grown older, I've come to believe they really aren't interested in solving crimes unless they get to wave their guns around. Instead, they focus on raising revenue via traffic tickets and asset confiscation.
As the blog Eric Peters Autos points out, "If cops are heroes, how come they’re so obsessed with “officer safety”?