A recent spate of mail theft in my area energised the good samaritan inside me to make a report to ACT Policing. Normally I wouldn’t be bothered however seeing how personal some of the mail was it angered me.
Whilst out walking the dog a couple of weeks ago I noticed a fair amount of mail torn open and discarded behind some neighbouring units. I collected up all the stolen mail and knocked on the doors of the victims, returning it with an explanation of what I found. I considered reporting the issue, but thought better of a one-off occurrence. The following week I found the same thing, torn open mail in the same area. This time I thought it best to make a report to the Police. The following day I called them up. The uninterested person on the other end of the phone quickly interrupted me asking if it was my mail that was stolen. I said no, but it happened to other people in my area. He then cut me off saying “I can’t take a report if it wasn’t your mail”. I said OK out of dismay and he followed up by saying “I suggest using a padlock on the mail-box and getting to the box quickly after the postie delivers it”. I was shocked that the Police didn’t even want to know about what was happening in the area.
So again tonight I saw mail strewn open everywhere – same spot – and decided to try my luck with ACT Policing again, hoping that maybe it was just one guy having a bad shift. This time the person told me again that he couldn’t take a report but would take a reference of my details.
What a sad age we live in when the Police don’t want to take any details of a crime in a neighborhood unless it’s the specific victim reporting it? Surely it would be more productive to take the report so they have a reference of what’s been happening.