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Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Watchdog concerned about ‘surprising’ trend for DIY approach to offences such as car crime and criminal damage Some police forces are telling crime victims to carry out their own investigations by taking steps such as checking for CCTV images or speaking to neighbours.

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Crime victims are increasingly being told by some police forces to carry out their own investigations by speaking to neighbours, checking for CCTV images and seeing if their stolen property has been put up for sale on secondhand websites, the official police watchdog has warned.

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Police telling victims to solve crimes by themselves

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary says that for some high-volume types of offences, such as car crime, criminal damage and non-residential burglaries, this “DIY” approach to tackling crime is an “emerging trend” among some forces. They warn that in areas where the police have given up investigating these offences, they are “on the verge of being decriminalised”.

Full Article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/04/police-telling-victims-solve-crimes-themselves

 

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