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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Complacency towards petty crime?

This Herald article this morning suggest what many of us already knew - that crime is being significantly under-reported, especially for a number of 'petty' crimes such as thefts and breakins because the victims are uninsured and/or know the perpetrator won't be apprehended. Even police officers are not bothering to report events when they themselves are victims. At the same time however, the police are being forced into handing out traffic offences.

What a sad country we live in. I for one would be happy to not have a tax cut if the money went into law and order to resolve some of these issues. But if the only option is more money into welfare under Labour, then I'll take my tax cut thanks.

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Posted by Bernard Woolley | 8/31/2005 10:01:00 AM

3 Comments:

Blogger Gooner said...

I wish there were stats for how many people don't report crime, or want to be involved as a witness etc because of the time 'that traffic cop gave me a bloody ticket'.

Get the public offside and you lose your eyes and ears.

8/31/2005 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

All you would need is a website to log the location, time, date and encourage people to post that information and you'd have a start at fingering how many cops were too busy delivering tickets rather than fighting crime. It could be a very simple website in fact...

8/31/2005 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Some countries run independent surveys of crime as a check on Police statistics. Thats what we need to do here.

8/31/2005 01:58:00 PM  

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