The popularity of home CCTV systems and trawling Gumtree to get our nicked bikes back is leading some police forces to suggest DIY crime-solving to victims, with some forces taking it to such extremes that common crimes are "on the verge of being decriminalised."
Police watchdog Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary warns that police are filing away reports of car crime and some theft once they've been investigated by the victims, leading to the possibility of a "What's the point?" feeling emerging among victims in some areas.
Inspector of Constabulary, Roger Baker, said of the report's findings: "It's more a mindset that we no longer deal with these things. Effectively what's happened is, a number of crimes are on the verge of being decriminalised. So it's not the fault of the individual staff – it's a mindset thing that's crept in to policing to say, 'We've almost given up.'" [Guardian]