Police officers have voiced concerns a new pilot scheme for shops to report crimes will...
Make the idle bastards do their job for a change, perchance?
...make it 'too easy' to record offences, a police commissioner has revealed.
Yup. Thought so.
A survey of more than 100 businesses revealed the shocking number of unreported crimes including thefts, violence and public order incidents.
But she has told how the scheme has been greeted with scepticism by some officers because it could lead to a huge spike in crime reports. She added that it probably wouldn't make her popular with 'senior officers'.
Well, so what? They aren't doing the job they are paid for. If the crime figures are currently low, it's because everyone know they are less use than a chocolate teapot. So why bother ever calling them, unless the insurance company won't pay out without a crime number...
Shopkeeper Pratibha Paleja, 63, from Hastings, told how she had been repeatedly assaulted by customers and those she caught stealing from her corner shop.
'I've had my wrist broken, I've been abused. Shoplifters, druggies, drunks, it's been a problem for some time and it isn't getting any better,'
Mrs Paleja added. 'I've phoned the police after catching people stealing and they just refuse to come and say let the thieves go. It needs to change.'
It does. May this be the first step on the path to ensuring it.