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Disgusted with ACT Policing

By Concerned - 11 September 2013 70

I just wanted state my absolute disgust with ACT policing.  On Monday 9th September, my daughter’s new car that she’d only had a few weeks was broken into out the front of our house in Calwell. 

Someone had popped the window which shattered it so as not to make any noise, they removed the shattered window in one piece and placed it under her car, this caused more that $1,000 damage to her new car with the cost of the replacement window and the cost to have the bent frame around the window reparied.  Her boyfriends wallet was the only thing taken from her car (and it wasn’t in plain sight).  I called to report this to the police, and I was told they don’t send a patrol for this and gave me a crime report number for her insurance and as far as they were concerned that was that.

That same afternoon my daughter’s boyfriend went door knocking the neighbours to see if anyone had seen or heard anything.  This is when we discovered our next door neighbours have a CCTV camera set up at the front of their garage which can partially see our front yard as they’ve had their cars broken into a few times and they offered to have a look a see if they could see anything.

The next afternoon they came over to tell us that they had indeed seen the offender on the camera looking through their car windows with a torch and trying to open their car doors at about 3.30am before moving off in the direction of our place and it wasn’t some young teenager as we had suspected.  They then called the police, informed them that they had video of the person that broke into my daughter’s car and the police were not even interested in coming around to take a look.  What good are the police these days????

We have this low life piece of scum on video and the police are not one bit interested.  It seems that Canberran’s can just walk around breaking into people’s cars and nothing will be done about it.  I know in the grand sceme of things this isn’t a big crime, but it is still a crime for which we have video and undeniable evidence and yet the police are happy to just let this person continue walking the streets damaging other people’s hard earned property.  Absolutely angry and disgusted is how I am feeling right now and the police wonder why people take matters into their own hands!!!

One very angry Canberran!!!

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Disgusted with ACT Policing
Concerned 6:50 pm 11 Sep 13

jessieduck said :

It sucks but the police have better things to do. Let the insurance sort it out and move on.

Clearly catching criminals isn’t one of them

Concerned 6:45 pm 11 Sep 13

c_c™ said :

the thief has been rewarded and will be encouraged to offend again. Which will mean more risk others will be broken into, and that translates into higher insurance costs.

Bravo. onya way.

The theif has been rewarded because he knows the police won’t do jack sh#t which encourages him and his mates to do it again meaning more risk to others and higher insurance costs!

Concerned 6:40 pm 11 Sep 13

OLydia said :

The Police are happy to arrest gun toting criminals and banging up a few bikies, but for community policing – forget it. Rant over

Not to mention the time spent on revenue raising. Clearly crime does pay these days… The criminals know the police will do squat!

Concerned 6:36 pm 11 Sep 13

ErkzO said :

Welcome to Canberra policing.
You now might understand why its easier to take things into your own hands as far as catching the criminal 🙂

Now I know what he looks like if I see him lurking anywhere near my property he will meet the end of my baseball bat… Bet the police will take notice of that

DrKoresh 6:14 pm 11 Sep 13

It’s funny, you get solid evidence of a physical crime occurring and popo don’t lift a lazy piggy finger, but I send one drunken and almost (but not quite) threatening email to Scott Morrison and the AFP bully-squad come knocking at my door to give me a good shakedown. If he hadn’t requested feedback on his website about his neanderthalesque immigration policies I wouldn’t have told the bastard what I thought of him.

harvyk1 6:03 pm 11 Sep 13

Whilst I think it’s pretty ordinary that the coppers don’t care, the fact is if they came around and looked at the video evidence, found and arrested the guy, the courts would most likely let him go without even a warning whilst apologising to the low life scum bag about the inconvenience.

Put a thing into your insurance, let them know there is a video and leave it be.

Rawhide Kid Part3 5:48 pm 11 Sep 13

I hear your grief on this one. However unless the CCTV captured the offender actually breaking into your daughters car, there’s no real evidence even if the suspected offender was recorded trying other cars on the same CCTV at around the same time. ACT Policing in all fairness haven’t got a thing to go on in this case. No witness to the breaking, no actual breaking recording on the CCTV . Unless the or a suspect is caught with your daughters, boyfriends wallet in their possession , then there might be further investigation.

OLydia 5:36 pm 11 Sep 13

I too have had similar experiences dealing with the AFP following relatively minor incidents. One incident involved an explosive device being placed in my solid brick mailbox. When detonated the mailbox totally disintegrated and pieces of shrapnel landed in the yards of neighbours across the street and leaving the garage door pock marked. A quick thinking neighbour after hearing the explosion following the bike riding cretins as far as he could till they turned off the road. He was able to provide a description as well. Were the Police interested? No. They simply provided an incident number and said they was nothing they could do.

The Police are happy to arrest gun toting criminals and banging up a few bikies, but for community policing – forget it. Rant over

Eyeofthetiger 5:31 pm 11 Sep 13

Sorry to be ‘that guy’ and I can understand your frustration, but try to see it from the other side of the fence..
So you have a car with a broken window, high chance there will be no fingerprints or anything and the time spent dusting it far outweighs the monetary loss.
Your neighbour will have a grainy CCTV video where you see an outline of a shady character wearing a hoodie. Just because there is CCTV doesn’t mean jack, 90% of the time CCTV is useless.
Maybe it would have made you feel better if the police came out and jotted a few notes down in their notebook and left.
I have doubts that the wallet or something else was not in plain sight, if he looked in the neighbour’s car with a torch then moved on why did he break into yours?

ErkzO 5:28 pm 11 Sep 13

Welcome to Canberra policing.
You now might understand why its easier to take things into your own hands as far as catching the criminal 🙂

Holden Caulfield 5:25 pm 11 Sep 13

Does the video show the offender breaking into your daughter’s car, or do you just have string circumstantial evidence, rather than “undeniable”.

As for taking it up further with the Police, I’d be inclined to put a copy of the video on a smartphone and front up to a cop shop and show it to them and discuss it a bit more.

If they’re still unwilling to do anything perhaps you can ask them why. There may be some valid reasons?

jessieduck 5:17 pm 11 Sep 13

Unfortunately you have a video that shows someone looking in your neighbours car, not a video of a person shattering your daughter’s window and taking her boyfriend’s wallet. It’s not undeniable evidence.

It sucks but the police have better things to do. Let the insurance sort it out and move on.

c_c™ 5:14 pm 11 Sep 13

“Her boyfriends wallet was the only thing taken from her car (and it wasn’t in plain sight).”

So she left a vehicle in the street, with a wallet in it, and you wonder why the Police aren’t helping you out more.

There are thousands of vehicle theft offences every year in the ACT, and Police and insurers are always reminding people to remove potential rewards (visible or not) and remove the opportunity.

Police have enough trouble resourcing minor offences as it is, I think you’ll find their willingness to help will be in part related to the contribution of the person reporting it to the loss incurred. Because that wallet was left in the car, the thief has been rewarded and will be encouraged to offend again. Which will mean more risk others will be broken into, and that translates into higher insurance costs.

Bravo. onya way.

p1 5:12 pm 11 Sep 13

Soooo…. link to youtube?

bd84 5:09 pm 11 Sep 13

I’m wondering if the other half of the story is the police saying “no we don’t want to come out, please send us the footage”. Would be a sensible thing for you to do anyway. Unless they’re saying they aren’t interested because they will get a dark blurry image that couldn’t be used to identify anybody other than half the male population.

I’m sure the police would likely attend more incidents if they had the resources to do so, but the Government doesn’t fund that so you live with what we have.

If you felt that you were seriously that badly done by, you would be writing an email to their complaints area rather than writing a pointless rant on here that will achieve nothing.

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