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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Pretty Pictures

Who uses the internet the most? I've no idea on official figures, but I would imagine, young people must be near the top. What do some of the less desirable amongst them like to do? That's right, post their exploits on the internet, as a badge of honour! We can see all types of criminal damage, assault, general anti-social behaviour on Youtube and other video sites.

Well, now they don't have to bother. Why, well the government have made Police Forces do it for them.

Ok, that's not strictly true, but I suspect that will be the result of crime mapping. Lets face it, a lot of our neanderthal youth take great pride in being the 'baddest dudes in the ghetto'!Now they can have a league table of their exploits!

Meanwhile, what use will these crime maps be to anyone else? The housing market is on its last legs as it is. What chance to sell your house, now that everyone can see the crime rate for the area.

Vernon Coaker says it will empower people to get involved with their neighbourhood police. Last week, we were told to reassure the public, because they had a higher fear of crime than reality. How is letting them know the exact crime levels going to achieve this?

All I can foresee, is having to do pointless tasks, because Mrs Smith has complained about the level of theft. She has her prize dahlias to worry about. (The fact that the theft figures relate mainly to 'lost' giro cheques, has got nothing to do with it.) I will then have to make regular patrols to reassure her we are taking her complaints seriously.

This is just another piece of pointless bureaucracy, that will do nothing to make the streets any safer. Mr Coaker, stop meddling and leave us alone to do our job.

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