UK: Trial study had police not investigate home invasions for three months ‘if house had odd number’

During the trial period earlier this year, all attempted break-ins were attended by a police officer and reports were drawn up.

If the house had an odd number, however, officers were told not to call in crime scene investigators and any evidence involving fingerprints or tools left behind by would-be robbers were ignored.

  • Exile1981

    The force said it launched the pilot after an analysis by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found that of 1,172 attempted burglaries attended by forensic officers in the region, only 33 suspects were identified as a result all those visits.
    So based on those numbers they only identify the culprit in less than 3% of the cases.
    I think the solution isn’t to do less police work but to do it better.
    Now Canada isn’t any better – I was attacked in Edmonton and the guy left a bloody hand print on a white van as he ran off. The cops told me it cost too much to pull prints or run DNA for an attempted car jacking.

    • mauser 98

      WTF !!?? amazing what police can and can’t do

      • Exile1981

        is the WTF because of the Edmonton police or the UK police?

        • Icebow

          They would seem on a par with each other. Ours are busy hunting the three golliwogs of Wick.

    • Must have been some of Drake’s buddies returning from a Rap Culture session.

    • Alain

      We had the same experience, minus an attack, when my daughter’s truck was stolen from our farm. The RCMP told me that when they drove up to the truck which was stopped on a back road the guys jumped out and fled. They left all their things inside the truck and one of them was well known to the police and had even been shot by them in the past. Yet they said they could not do anything since none of the guys were in the truck. I said they still had enough evidence including finger prints along with the stuff they left behind inside the truck. They said it cost too much to do that, so we were left with a wrecked truck and no one was charged. To top it off my daughter had to fight with ICBC, because they thought she had arranged to have her truck stolen.

      • pike bishop

        Insurance companies are the slime that grows on pond scum.
        I had a similar issue with the RCMP WRT a hit and run. I supplied the police with a plate number of the vehicle that hit me. I was informed by the RCMP (two months later) that the party denied being involved and the case was closed. Thanks for nothing RCMP.

  • Yet defending the experiment, Leicestershire Police said it was necessary “at a time when we are operating within reduced budgets”, and that the change had no noticeable impact on victim satisfaction rates.

    Oh, well, that is reassuring.

    • Exile1981

      So if satisfaction is 2% and after the test it’s 1.9% I guess that counts as no impact. Of course the study was only 3 months so most of the people in the odd houses are not yet aware that the police didn’t investigate the crime.

      • Xavier

        No, the satisfaction rates are 0 and 0.

    • Alain

      That is what happens when law enforcement is politicalised. We have seen the same in Canada with Caledonia and a few other examples.

  • ontario john

    Well, that’s odd.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I don’t know what the British police were trying to prove, but they sure as hell proved it.

    • WalterBannon

      They were succeeding at proving that their budget and staff could be cut to zero, since they are ineffective at solving crime.

      Remember that next time they demand a raise or budget increase.

  • wallyj180

    ‘WTF’ is right.

    Then again, they don’t investigate rapes if the rapist is ‘diverse’.

    The inmates are running the asylum.
    In related news;
    Queen Carlotta has declared the last Tuesday of every month to be backwards day.

  • Millie_Woods

    However if the homeowner resisted being robbed, irregardless of whether it was an odd or even numbered house, everyone would be called in to investigate and a special task force would determine who got to arrest him.

  • Everyone Else

    1. budgets have to be allocated where they’ll do the most good
    2. vulnerable victims or blood scenes were investigated
    3. using a control group to test efficacy is the heart of science

  • tom_billesley

    Burglars are now targeting even numbered houses, as there’s less risk that forensic evidence will be collected.

  • RevnantDream

    Police don’t do crime anymore . They are arms now for the political left. Its race hate crimes & thought crimes that are serious to them. Forget real crime, its political maleficence they only care about. The reason? because they are an ideological force now as an organ for socialism, not there to protect us, but to watch us.
    This is now a gestapo not a police force.
    Rape killing , nothing is more important than social crimes.