Mock muggings should be staged across the UK to test the public's willingness to aid victims and report crimes, a charity has said.Well, this seems like a pretty stupid idea. One that could only be suggested by a group angling for publicity, surely?
Well, what do you know?
Witness Confident, which is launching on Wednesday…It seems they aren’t a fakecharity either (comments here), which came as a bit of a surprise, but are instead a newly-set-up part of the Nuffield Foundation.
Or, as CF accurately pegs it, 'another nannying group of cretins'...
So, what’s their goal?
The group Witness Confident says it wants to challenge a "walk-on-by" culture to street crime.Hmm, they want to encourage crimefighting by civilians and run blogs and forums?
It says the disengagement of the criminal justice systems makes it harder for communities to fight crime.
The group also wants to run an online social network so people can map crimes to help witnesses come forward.
Sounds like they aren’t sure if they need a sewer-system hideout or a glossy 10th floor office HQ…
Guy Dehn, head of the charity, said it had come up with a dozen ways that people could quickly make a difference.So, the police are supporting this, are they? They plan to be on standby when Guy’s Performance Artistes are re-enacting the worst parts of ‘Clockwork Orange’ on the streets of Tooting to see how the public react?
These include faking incidents in broad daylight to see how people react.
"Mock muggings can be a way of working with the police to test public reaction," said Mr Dehn.
Just to make sure nothing goes wrong, and no-one gets their inner Paul Kersey on with unfortunate consequences…?
"Don't be a have-a-go-hero unless you really know what you are doing. But if you are there and can take a photo safely, then that can make the difference."How many people ‘really know what they are doing’ anyway?
It seems the goal of this strange new charity is to increase the crime rate by increasing the reported offences, which won’t go down well with the authorities, you’d think:
Mr Dehn criticised changes in the way police can be contacted, including a move away from using boards on streets calling on witnesses to specific crimes to come forward.And it’ll all be sunshine and kittens?
"It's a time consuming and laborious process to report a crime. We need to take all the hassle out of it for the public.
"And by doing that, we make it more likely that people will engage and that means that there will be less crime because people will get caught."
Sorry, Guy, but unless there’s some realistic chances of getting sent down and staying there, catching criminals is only part of the story…