Every theft must be investigated, home secretary tells police

Crime / Mon 28th Aug 2023 at 08:40am

POLICE must investigate every theft and follow all reasonable leads to catch offenders, the home secretary has said.

Suella Braverman said it was “completely unacceptable” that criminals are often “effectively free to break certain laws”.

She wants officers to use evidence from smart doorbells and dashcams to solve more lower-level crimes.

But there are concerns the approach may take resources away from high-harm crimes such as rape and sexual assault.

And Labour branded it a “staggering admission of 13 years of Tory failure on policing and crime”.

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6 Comments for Every theft must be investigated, home secretary tells police:

Tony Edwards
2023-08-28 09:14:30

REMEMBER the Conservative Govenment first cut Police numbers, closed the Magistrates Court and decimated the Probation Service. And if they say the Police numbers are now higher than they were in 2010, it will take years for the Police Service to recover from the effects of the previously imposed cuts.This is a problem of the Conservatives own making.

Tracy George
2023-08-28 09:55:36

What a load of twaddle. The police numbers were so cut they barely have time investigating more serious crimes than something like shoplifting and the police also get fed up with investigating things for it never to see the courts due to the CPS saying no. The courts are in a mess and there is no room in prisons either.... Cruella is just trying to say what we want to hear for election time and it is another example of a tory empty soundbite which would never come into fruition.

gary roberts
2023-08-28 10:15:43

Another Conservative government week: this time on policing and crime. Last week it was health and before that small boats and "illegal" immigrants come refugees. Neither being that successful for this disgusting government. I listened to Ms. Braverman on Sky news this morning and just laughed. Police officers' should investigate crime apparently. Oh sorry, that should read all crime. Really? Blimey it begs the question why weren't they doing it before. And that is easy to answer: The whole criminal justice system is on its knees and will end on its face very soon. The number of serving police officers is much lower now than in 2010, the criminal courts have at least a 60,000 case backlog, and the Probation service is in meltdown. And Ms. Braverman and her pathetic Home Office is just lying to make headlines for her media mates to pronounce on. She said all these issues have been created by "lefty lawyers" and charities linked to the Labour party. BS is the polite term to describe that nonsense. The blame lies squarely at her feet not at the staff who try their best without the proper resources. Again it can be claimed public service lions led by donkeys.

Luke Burton
2023-08-28 18:24:46

This is like telling a fireman with a thimble full of water to put out every fire around the town. It cannot be done.

David Forman
2023-08-29 08:44:54

The various Conservative governments cut police officer numbers substantially between 2010 and 2018 and since then have been replacing them. A more interesting statistic is those leaving the police service. "The police officer leaver rate (leavers as a proportion of headcount at the start of the year [March 2022]) was 6.6%, the highest leaver rate since comparable records began." See Gov.uk figures at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2023/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2023

2023-08-29 11:15:14

EVERY THEFT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED?.... Well start investigating every Tory member's Bank account then!

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