Victims of crime are being "encouraged" to investigate offences themselves, an inspection of police forces in England and Wales has found.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said criminal damage and car crime were "on the verge of being decriminalised" because forces had "almost given up".
In some cases victims were asked to check for CCTV or fingerprints.
The Association of Chief Police Officers said austerity meant forces had to set priorities.
Mind you, this is in a place were self-defense is damn-near banned, and the commoners have been told for decades now "Do not act yourself, call for help and wait for the Officials to show up."
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."
'Decriminalized' meaning "We can't/won't be bothered."
Remember Peels' Principles of Policing? Number 7 in particular:
To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.and then read this:
The watchdog added: "HMIC finds this expectation by these forces that the victim should investigate his own crime both surprising and a matter of material concern.
"The police have been given powers and resources to investigate crime by the public, and there should be no expectation on the part of the police that an inversion of that responsibility is acceptable."
Yep. If you accept that responsibility, you either do it or you don't. And if you don't, the public can/should take the responsibility back.
Can you imagine the screaming over that?
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."
And if they 'decriminalize' those things, they'll claim "See, you're safer than you've been before!"
You won't be, but they'll tell you you are. Much like Napolitano & Co. telling us "The border is more secure than it's ever been!"