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ACT Policing don’t want to know about crime?

By peebus - 15 May 2013 50

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.

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ACT Policing don’t want to know about crime?
Jim Jones 3:12 pm 15 May 13

Stakeout the mailbox!!!

bundah 2:43 pm 15 May 13

peebus said :

bundah said :

The plod do have a point ie. if you want your mail secured then a padlock is a cheap and efficient method of keeping it secure.That being said however should they be using tools to force open the letterboxes then plod should attend.

And if the posties don’t push the mail all the way into the box then even the best padlock is useless.

Agreed however if the posties are aware of the situation and aren’t able to push it all the way in then they need to be directed to leave a card instead so that mail can be picked up from the nearest PO.Failing that surveillance is the only other option.

peebus 2:36 pm 15 May 13

bundah said :

The plod do have a point ie. if you want your mail secured then a padlock is a cheap and efficient method of keeping it secure.That being said however should they be using tools to force open the letterboxes then plod should attend.

And if the posties don’t push the mail all the way into the box then even the best padlock is useless.

bundah 2:27 pm 15 May 13

The plod do have a point ie. if you want your mail secured then a padlock is a cheap and efficient method of keeping it secure.That being said however should they be using tools to force open the letterboxes then plod should attend.

peebus 2:19 pm 15 May 13

Tooks said :

Btw, it isn’t stolen mail, it’s found property. The correct thing to do is drop it into the nearest police station where they will then contact the owner and establish if it was in fact stolen, at which point a theft will be dispatched and investigated.

I think the fact that there were torn open envelopes with missing contents is a give away.

I also didn’t want a police call out, I simply wanted them to be aware that there has been 3+ cases of it. If they want to do something about it that would be nice, lest they just take a note that it’s been happening.

Mysteryman 1:32 pm 15 May 13

Tooks said :

Don’t like the service, put in a complaint. Although having police come out, collect mail from you, then return it to its owners, seems an inefficient use of resources.

You’re right. They’d better more effective booking speeding motorists. After all, that’s the only offense that matters in the ACT. Right?

Tooks 1:28 pm 15 May 13

Btw, it isn’t stolen mail, it’s found property. The correct thing to do is drop it into the nearest police station where they will then contact the owner and establish if it was in fact stolen, at which point a theft will be dispatched and investigated.

Tooks 1:22 pm 15 May 13

Aeek said :

This methodolagy will really cut down on murders. Were you the person who was murdered? No = Not interested!

Canberra Policing “Managing Crime by ignoring it”.

Hence the nearly full jail.

Tooks 1:17 pm 15 May 13

Don’t like the service, put in a complaint. Although having police come out, collect mail from you, then return it to its owners, seems an inefficient use of resources.

tuco 1:10 pm 15 May 13

That attitude makes reporting a murder a problem.

Me: I’d like to report a murder.
Plod: Are you the victim?
Me: No.
Plod: I’m sorry, I can’t take your report.
Me: OK – would you at least like to know how I did it?

RadioVK 12:51 pm 15 May 13

Maybe you should try reporting it to Australia Post. They might then be able to make a report to the Police themselves.

Aeek 12:51 pm 15 May 13

This methodolagy will really cut down on murders. Were you the person who was murdered? No = Not interested!

Canberra Policing “Managing Crime by ignoring it”.

ScienceRules 12:36 pm 15 May 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

So… In that sense, If I saw a house being broken in to and because its not my house and I’m not the victim reporting the break in, they (Police ) will ignore it because I’m not the ‘specific’ victim?

Yep, Rawhide that’s totally what would happen because stolen letters scattered on the ground and housebreaking with offenders on the premesis are completely the same thing. You’ve got them bang to rights.

Tetranitrate 12:25 pm 15 May 13

Yeah I had the same sort of experience a few years ago when I was working in a job that occasionally involved contacting the police. The amusing thing is that the times I’d dealt with the state police in NSW, whether Queanbeyan or Western Sydney, the attitude was completely different.

Rawhide Kid Part3 12:11 pm 15 May 13

So… In that sense, If I saw a house being broken in to and because its not my house and I’m not the victim reporting the break in, they (Police ) will ignore it because I’m not the ‘specific’ victim?

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