The Shijuro guide to crime reduction…


1. Vehicle crime…

Vehicle crime is down because insurers got fed up of paying out for stereos and damaged stolen cars…so they put commercial pressure (by raising premiums to unreachable levels for non-immobilised cars) on the manufacturers to make cars harder to steal and have built in entertainment centres that are useless if removed.

When a car is entered by force crime it as damage or vehicle interference…no theft then.

2. Theft…

If you go out drinking and have your mobile stolen you will need to see or feel the mobile being taken from your pocket/bag etc… if you don’t you will be given a loss number. I have a certain sympathy with this thinking as I recently attended a local swimming pool and recovered 8-mobile phones, 30-student/driving licences and assorted ID from lost property… the first two I checked on the crime system were reported stolen… We get a lot more lost property from nightclubs…passports the lot…

However, it is a good way to keep down those thefts.

3. Assault…

Easy…two people approach you and say ‘I’ve been assaulted…’ in essence making counter allegations- tell them you will lock them both up… or… they shake hands and walk away wiser people…

Again…I have some sympathy with this…after all… we have no desire to criminalise ordinary people.

4. Shop theft…

Easy peasy… simply attend and run the detained person through the PNC…if they have a verified address and the shop are happy-the shop bans them and starts civil recovery procedures…works a treat. No crime and the shop gets to keep the goods and eventually claws back the costs.

5. Bank fraud…

Easy. Get the banks to investigate it first… they are commercial profit making organisations that make decisions on the grounds of profit. If a £50-missuse of credit card costs £300 to investigate, they will pay you the money back and write off the £50…saving £250… We only get to hear about the serial offenders now that run up bills of £000’s because it’s profitable to investigate…

That’s it in a nutshell…it’s easy to play the game when you know the rules… the DI (via Imelda) needs to see a drop in vehicle crime- you ‘encourage’ with emails etc the rigorous use of the ‘vehicle interference’ laws…resulting in a drop in thefts from motor vehicles…

The other chestnut is grouping like offences onto one crime log number…5-10 offences? Nope… one.

My fear is that we have such a culture of avoidance now it’s difficult to see how it can be changed… I mean, if we crimed every single crimed with the accuracy of a lawyer, we are going to need another police force to cope… it’s ingrained. Officers that play the game are seen as ‘good lads/girls’ officers that stick to rigorous crime reporting are ‘trouble makers’ and are on occasion moved to departments where they can’t make any more trouble…

This is a classic Darwin phenomenon…’any ecosystem or individual life form put under pressure to change by internal or external forces, either evolves or dies’…

…nobody wants to die…

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4 responses to “The Shijuro guide to crime reduction…

  1. Furor Teutonicus

    XX I mean, if we crimed every single crimed with the accuracy of a lawyer, we are going to need another police force to cope. XX

    ??? So! What is different to the 60s, 70s 80s?

    Everything was crimed then, and we only had ONE police force.

    In fact, if you did NOT “crime” something, you were invited to a talk with the Chief super, without coffee and chair!

  2. once a gutter rat always a rat

    This has been going on for years, a Lancashire coastal resort had a high drug crime rate, abolish drug squad in the area, number of recorded crimes for possession and supply falls through the floor……

  3. Brief Encounter

    This makes me depressed and I am retired!

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