The Inspectorate of Constabulary says that police now tell victims of property crimes to “solve the crimes themselves,” directing them over the phone to review CCTV footage and canvas their neighbourhoods for witnesses.
The police say that in austerity Britain, they can’t give priority to property crimes and don’t have the personnel to attend the scenes of such crimes in person. However, the UK’s domestic security apparatus does have millions to squander on a full-time Julian Assange stakeout, mass surveillance, a titanic DNA database, endless and racist stop-and-frisk harassment, undercover infiltration of peaceful environmental groups, and the imprisonment of countless people convicted of petty drug crimes.
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