On Tuesday, in central London, I was mugged. 999 hung up on me. I called police five times, emailed leads, identified CCTV etc. but was essentially told that the crime was not importance enough to investigate. A "petty" crime.
The events below are a summary of the actions taken by police after closing my case:
- Even though I still had the robber in sight, because I could not describe what the man was wearing, 999 hung up on me
- 112 cancelled my case without any justification. After chasing with 112 and calling a further three times, they got my details wrong twice and asked me
to "write that all in an email" when I told them that the bank card had been used in two locations moments after the cyclist got away and that the place was surrounded by CCTV
- In an email from Met Police, it stated that "The principles stipulate that closure of the report should be considered if the suspect is unknown, even when there is CCTV with the potential of identifying the offender. With the exceptional demand placed on policing within Westminster, we need to ensure that higher harm offences are prioritised. In order to investigate these higher harm offences to the level the public would expect, we need to ensure that we have the resources available to progress them".
Why must we sweep "petty crime" under the carpet? Why are we left to feel guilty for asking police for help and support?
Crime pays, and this must change.
HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED ANYTHING SIMILAR? DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE AN OPINION ON THIS?
ALL OPINIONS ARE WELCOME!