Policing report: Victims ‘asked to investigate crime themselves’
The inspector who led the review, Roger Baker, said: “It’s more a mindset, that we no longer deal with these things. And effectively what’s happened is a number of crimes are on the verge of being decriminalised.”
He added: “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’.”
Professor Craig Jackson, an expert in criminal psychology at Birmingham City University, said failing to investigate less serious crimes could cause problems.
“Many sex offenders and stalkers start out with minor crimes and low-level nuisance behaviour, such as trespass and damage of a victim’s property,” he said.
“An early opportunity to link serial crimes like this, and to therefore then prevent more serious offences being committed later, could be missed.”
Shadow policing minister Jack Dromey said the public would be “extremely alarmed” by the HMIC review.
He said: “This a damning indictment of this government’s claims to be cutting crime. In fact, what is being cut are the number of crimes investigated.”
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