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.
It's fascinating how the police like their power to record practically anything as a "hate" crime (even when it's just an "incident", not even a real crime) and bray about those statistics at the tops of their voices when it suits them, but now suddenly they're all very concerned about this.
I suggest that the shopkeeper tell the police that she's just beaten the shoplifter about the head with an iron bar, and he's now lying unconscious on the floor bleeding profusely. The alternative is to just do it.
What shocking news for Plod...having to deal with crime!
Imagine yourself in the real world...let's say running a small retail business, WC Jaded. How long would it take you to get rid of a highly paid security employee who just couldn't be bothered chasing 'customers' who were rushing to the car park with fully loaded trolleys of unpaid-for goods? Comprehend this to be better enabled in appreciating the ever-souring relationship between taxpayer and a despised public 'service'. These days, it is unusual for any of you to turn up to crimes, even when supportive CCTV footage is available. I speak from personal experience following the theft of an expensive lawn mower by 'Pikey' scrap-men. Your uniformed chums totally ignored this crime, claiming to be 'too busy' with more important crime in West Yorkshire. I assume that will include insane chases of motorists who were exceeding the speed limit by 1 mph; randomly stopping frail pensioners for a body search or breaking into peaceful private residences just to see if any crimes were being committed! There are very few professional/recidivist criminals in these victim groups and police activities are now failing to target those who cause the greatest distress and economic damage in the community. In other words, the real criminals are escaping focused attention or just being intentionally overlooked. A truth that any bright nine year old can unilaterally deduce.
For those of us old enough to recall a era when crimes were properly investigated, Mr Plod now represents an idle and profligate public service. A 'service' that loathes having to do something about real crimes if citizens still bother to report them.
A public that must contend with reporting a crime only to receive a crime number followed by a letter stating that 'the case is closed', is skating on very thin ice, WC Jaded.
If a shopkeeper reports a theft after restraining the thief, and they are to just let the person go, they should get the name or force ID of the Police representative, and take them to the small claims court for the cost of the stolen item. Also include the Chief Constable in the claim as the Police staff are following the policy laid down by that Chief Constable, and anything a Police officer or staff do is with the implied knowledge and permission of that Chief Constable. I would suggest being hauled up in a county court, day after day, should concentrate the minds of those concerned and may alter this disgraceful policy.
In our area it's well known that if the value of items shop lifted is less than £50 the police will not even bother to attend. I saw a bicycle shop burgled and smashed up 3 times in 3 months and a load of stock taken each time, nobody was ever caught and punished, the shop went out of business. The rule of law in UK today, what a joke.
Almost 100% of 'senior plod' are totally unfit for their position.
Ah Melvin I knew you be on this post like a hungry hyena.
#lawnmowergate never gets boring.
At last, something to get Plod of his f*cking knees:-
The good news is a brand new, state-of-the-art speed gun. Farces are doling out handheld cameras capable of reading number plates in any weather conditions, from 750 metres away. The cost may seem extravagant at £10,000 a throw but chief constables are claiming that each new device will more than pay for itself in a matter of days and thereafter prove to be a very profitable milk cow.
@Anon at 17.39,
How many drunken drivers, non licence holders or wanted on warrant will these fantastic cameras catch? They will catch speeders, possibly no road tax, or no insurance, but the speeders are the ones that will pay for the cameras. Any other offences discovered will be a bonus. The Police stopped crime prevention long ago and went for the easy option of targeting the law abiding.
Check your local force and find out how many traffic officers have been redeployed or left the Police, often in disgust. In my last 3 years of service, traffic officers in my county force solved over 30% of crimes, including rape, burglaries, theft of vehicle and even murders. However, in the interests of progress, traffic patrols are reduced or removed and cameras take their place. I am sure that the rise in unsolved crimes is just a coincidence.
@ Ted Treen,
"Almost 100% of 'senior plod' are totally unfit for their position."
Have you got this the right way round? The 'senior plod' are unfit and that is why they are sat behind their desks recording hate crimes rather than out catching real criminals.
"...but now suddenly they're all very concerned about this."
"The alternative is to just do it."
"A public that must contend with reporting a crime only to receive a crime number followed by a letter stating that 'the case is closed', is skating on very thin ice..."
I think the ice melted a long time ago, and only surface tension is at play here.
"The rule of law in UK today, what a joke."
Seconded. And getting worse every time you xay to yourself that it can't...
"The cost may seem extravagant at £10,000 a throw but chief constables are claiming that each new device will more than pay for itself in a matter of days and thereafter prove to be a very profitable milk cow."
At least one can avoid being milked by the simple expedient of not breaking the speed limit.
"The Police stopped crime prevention long ago and went for the easy option of targeting the law abiding."
"The 'senior plod' are unfit and that is why they are sat behind their desks recording hate crimes rather than out catching real criminals."
The cops I see on TV and around my local area aren't exactly adverts for a healthy mind in a healthy body either...
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