posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 07:37 AM
I am puzzled why this is "news" - it's been on the BBC today - when it has been this way for as long as I can remember when it comes to petty
crimes. Granted, it doesn't always happen and some forces are better than others, but if you were unlucky enough to report a crime when no officers
where available, the best you could hope for would be reference number for the insurance firm.
That said, people do get investigated for criminal damage, burglary and theft, but give the scale of petty crime, Police have to set priorities. In my
own town, a couple of years ago, a prolific burglar was caught with evidence and burglary itself dropped by 45% when he was imprisoned. Police like to
investigate these crimes by "intelligence" - they know who the local riff raff are - so while on the face of it it seems the Police don't
"investigate" these crimes, they do catch the people responsible.
It is also worth highlighting that pretty much all types of crime are at their lowest levels recorded.
As to the point about the Police being politicised, I agree. This has been happening since Tony Blair's tenure and got worse with the introduction of
the PCC's. It got to a point, especially under Blair, where Police would be dictating to Government about what should and shouldn't be crimes.
It isn't up to the Police to determine what a crime is, but rather Parliament. For example, they were quite vocal about the downgrade of Cannabis
from a B to a C class drug, effectively decriminalising it for all except the dealers. Again, why the Police (specifically the Met) felt the need to
weigh in and complain, given they always complain about being short of resources, is beyond me. If Parliament decides something is legal, or should be
reclassified, that is for Parliament and Parliament alone to decide.
They could, if they wanted, make having sex with sheep in public perfectly legal and the Police should then do and say nothing. They're not
even there to "enforce the law", but rather keep the peace, so by right even if a crime is being committed, if it isn't in the public
interest and doesn't threaten the "peace" and no one has complained, they can and should just leave it be.
I do, however, find it quite ironic that some people will bemoan the decrease in overall Policing on the one hand, but then complain about police
states, freedoms being taken away etc on the other.... You cannot have the former without far more of the latter......
it is also worth pointing out, to the poster who said all they do is issue traffic tickets, is that as Police Officer numbers have been cut - not by a
great deal in the grand scheme of things with 16,000 less Officers nationally than 2009 when they were at their peak (144,353) under the nanny
Government of Blair/Brown - the number of Officers dedicated to Traffic duty has also been cut across most forces.
Also, if you don't want to be issued with a "revenue generating traffic ticket", then don't drive like an arse, get insured, get your MoT to make
sure your vehicle is roadworthy and obey the traffic laws. Simples. I have no sympathy for any driver who bitches about speed cameras or being
harassed by Police for driving like a tit.