Thursday, August 27, 2009
Nanny Resorts To Theft
The London Borough of Richmond has resorted to a novel and "amusing" method to drum home the message about locking up your valuables safely.
Police have been instructed by Nanny to remove valuables from unlocked cars, in order to teach the owners about safety.
Police are removing items including purses and satellite navigation devices from cars with unlocked doors or open windows, and replacing them with notes informing the owners that the police are holding their property.
In principle the idea has merit. However, unless I have massively misunderstood the law, open window or not, isn't this breaking and entering?
Isn't it a "tad unwise" to encourage the police to break the law in this manner?
Isn't this why we police need to have search warrants?
Isn't the next "logical" step by Nanny to encourage the police to enter our homes without a warrant, on the pretext of seeing an open window?
I am not entirely happy with this practice.
I stand corrected!
As per BBC:
Police in Liverpool have tried to "break into" 3,500 homes to check people are locking up at night.
Officers are testing front and back doors in burglary hotspots in Everton and Woolton and waking residents if the doors are unlocked.
So far they have successfully opened 66 doors and spotted 14 open windows.
In Liverpool North, which includes Everton, there were 316 burglaries in just one month, nearly half the figure for the whole of Merseyside.
Police have said that people who have been woken up after leaving their door open have, on the whole, given a positive response.
One said: "It gave me a terrible shock, but it is such a good idea.
"It has made me much more aware of making sure I lock the door.
"My son had been out and he'd left the door unlocked."
Police community support officers will then visit the property the following day and issue crime prevention advice.
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