"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 29 March 2010

Cricket Bats At The Ready

When the children were growing up there was always sports equipment in the hallway, and not always because they'd just come back from a match.  I found the sight of a cricket bat under the stairs quite reassuring and it's a habit I'm thinking of re-adopting in light of this from Exeter Police:
"Officers walked into residents' homes without their knowledge through unlocked doors and windows and left behind 'swag bags' packed with valuable items they found in the homes.
Some residents were at home at the time officers entered but were unaware they were being 'burgled' as part of an anti-crime drive in Exeter, Devon.
Police entered more than 50 unsecured properties in a controversial operation designed to show how easy it is for burglars to get into homes."
A few months ago when this strategy was first aired, I thought the public outcry would make them think twice and bin it but I should have known better.  I look forward to the first prosecution.  Muppets.

10 comments:

  1. You would think that they might have been out actually catching criminals rather than faking burglaries.

    Actually, I'm not sure about English law (being a Scot), but isn't it a crime there, even for a police officer to enter someone's house without a warrent?

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  2. I think so Tris, not under criminal law but civil law which would mean a private prosecution and not everyone can afford that or even know how to go about beginning one. These headlines grow more mind-boggling by the day.

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  3. It would have been interesting had an unsuspecting homeowner discovered a 'burglary in progress' & attacked the intruder to protect his family.
    Would he have been charged with assaulting a police officer?

    I daresay that's why they didn't try this scheme out in London. The boys in blue be returning from their shifts having been beaten black & blue.

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  4. If they'd tried that in Texas someone would have popped a cap in their ass. This is unbelievable. I can't believe they thought this was a good idea. Somebody should get fired for sure.

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  5. GV this goes in the "fucking with the collective head" category of Tavistock manipulation of the Herd Attention Space. Just like traumatising the shit out of school children by running simulations, unannounced, of hostage taking and murder at school. If we cannot rely on anything, if we cannot take as read the benign nature of those we authorise to maintain society's institutional fabric then we are wide open to subversion and theft.
    We have to be alone, to feel we are alone and have no hope of companionship in any confrontation or struggle with "The Man" we are being groomed to expect that 3am jackboot through the door and to offer no resistance.

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  6. Yes, it raises all sorts of questions James. The police spokesman excused it on the grounds that they'd targeted 'mostly student flats' (!). Like you, I'd like to see them try it in London, esp around Green Lanes or Seven Sisters Rd.

    Agreed Scunnert, but they show no sign of backing off yet - possibly it's an initiative from our beloved ACPO.

    Good analogy Incoming - I didn't tie it into the latest school role playing but it's v. similar. Well, all I can say is, take up sport!

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  7. Totally agree, Incoming!

    We have a toy pellet gun at the ready, GV. Quite legal, too. It can't kill, but it sure can hurt!

    Law suits would be nice. People are pissed off enough with this government to ensure that someone will sue.

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  8. It was the Jesuits who said 'Give me a child until the age of seven and I will give you the man'. It's something Fabian/CP/IFE infiltrators have taken on board. This govt is scum to pervert our children through political ideology. Air rifles and spud guns all round, Fausty.

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  9. I have tried to get an official answer to this question without any answer.
    Sorry Off-Topic but an answer is needed:-
    Police Force been told not to arrest burglars
    Why have the Cleveland Police Force, (Teesside, UK), been told not to arrest burglars for a first offence.
    Is this done to try to fool people into believing crime is less because crime figures are lower?

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  10. Hi Anon, if you email me we can look into it though it doesn't surprise me - no previous has always mitigated a lower sentence in the courts. One step beyond that is first offences aren't recorded. It's just the way things are in this topsy-turvy country.

    The above doesn't apply if you're a bin-overloader or a motorist, obviously :-)

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