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ACT Policing encourage private investigations?

By LusciousLiv 8 December 2011 64

I recently discovered that ACT Police expect me to do my own investigating into the theft of my vehicle. They have instructed me to contact Westfield Woden and ask into security camera footage of the gated carpark from which my car was stolen last Sunday evening. I reported the theft to ACT Police immediately over the phone, and then walked to Woden cop shop (as it was the only place open and warm at that time of night) to finalise the report and wait for a cab home.

Two days later I called the ACT Police general phone number (131 444) again to follow up on any progress with my job #. I mentioned to the officer that there would probably be some kind of CCTV or security camera footage available, as the car was parked in a gated/secure carpark. He put me on hold to check if there were any Police CCTVs in there area (which there aren’t) and then said that I would need to contact Westfield Woden myself to chase up whether the carpark has a camera and if there was any useful footage.

When I queried if it was my responsibility to follow up possible security camera footage of the crime, and to – in effect – conduct my own investigation to uncover additional information pertinent to the crime, he responded in a lacsadaisical fashion that “if we followed up every car theft, we’d be on the phone to security companies all day long”.

I was dumbstruck. I wondered, is that not part of their job?  – to look into crimes and liaise with other bodies who may have information pertinent to said crimes? Surely …!?

(Prologue: The vehicle was located today in Mildura (Victoria) 3 days later, thanks to the proactive approach of Victoria Policing, who noticed the car on the highway, driver and passenger hiding their faces, 2 school age small children in the back seat, (stolen ACT rego plates) and got suspicious. The family of 4 had been living in the car for the past 3 days, and were heading to Perth. The driver (who has an extensive record in WA, NSW and ACT but not VIC) was charged with entering the state with known stolen goods, and was sentenced today to 14 days imprisonment in a Melbourne jail.

ACT Policing will presumably (hopefully) issue a warrant, so that, if the adult drivers return to the ACT they may be apprehended. (It was too minor a crime to bother with extradition apparently.) VIC Policing will also issue a DHS notification so that, whatever state they end up in, DHS might be able to follow up to check if the 2 small kids are ok.)

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NoImRight 10:33 am 30 Dec 11

Tooks said :

Hey fgkz, you wrote the book on predictable. BTW, I can only read your responses when I’m not logged in. Once logged in I can read posts without having to read your pathetic dribble. So if you direct a comment to me and I no longer respond, you’ll know why.

It can be difficult to avoid idiots in life, but with the blacklist function, it makes it easier to avoid idiots on this site at least.

Youre an angry, angry person arent you. You seem to see your main function as bagging others rather than actually saying anything towards a topic.Just name calling isnt an actual contribution you know.

Instant Mash 10:46 pm 29 Dec 11

In my opinion, it is the job of the police to follow up a car theft; regardless of the car itself. I would hardly consider being told to investigate it myself as them serving the public.

I remember several occasions where I had to call the police for drunks trying to break our windows and start fights (overnight work) and them just plain not showing up.

My point is, what the hell is taking up so much of their time that it is seen as acceptable to leave the public to our own devices in potentially dangerous situations that THEY are trained and prepared to deal with? And on that note, if someone was to take the law into their own hands, where are the police gonna stand on that?

Kuku 9:44 pm 29 Dec 11

Tooks said :

dazzab said :

The_Bulldog said :

Resources are thin.

Really? Have you seen today’s Canberra Times? According to the article about their ‘CSI’ team they have the time to take forensic evidence from 80% of crime scenes and enjoy greater resources than other states/territories.

Um, you do know the difference between police officers (who investigate crimes) and forensic services (collection of forensic evidence), don’t you?

Do you ‘Champ’?

Kuku 8:52 pm 29 Dec 11

Tooks said :

dazzab said :

The_Bulldog said :

Resources are thin.

Really? Have you seen today’s Canberra Times? According to the article about their ‘CSI’ team they have the time to take forensic evidence from 80% of crime scenes and enjoy greater resources than other states/territories.

Um, you do know the difference between police officers (who investigate crimes) and forensic services (collection of forensic evidence), don’t you?

Name calling. So predicable. And I’m sure you know the difference between pass off and impersonate Tooks. Or maybe you don’t? Be careful ‘Champ’.

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