July 24th, 2009

Poachers & Gamekeepers

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Hertfordshire Police have hit on a new scheme to cut burglaries in the county; they are  engaging the use of security consultants so they can advise householders on how best to minimise the risk of being broken into.

Twelve convicted  burglars have agreed to admit all their crimes & act as consultants for a period of three years while they undergo drug  & alcohol rehabilitation programmes.

The consultants are not paid for their advice but have their prison sentences deferred for six months, if they have not been caught burgling any houses in that time their sentence is reviewed & they can be given a 3-year community sentence instead.

Detective Sergeant Claire Harvey said: “If a particular area is suffering from a lot of burglaries, we would ask one of the guys to come out in a car, asking how can we make particular properties less of a target – which houses they would pick and why,” she said. “They are like evil geniuses. And now they are putting their knowledge to good work.’ A police spokesman added: ‘This is not the easy way out, as the offenders must admit every crime they have committed and if they fall back into offending they face a long prison sentence.”

John, who admitted more than 200 offences, said: “Lock your shed. If you leave a spade or fork in your garden, it is going in the window. I have gone through cat-flaps – I just removed the flap and crawled through. Do not leave your back door key in the door if you have a cat-flap because I can just put my hand through and reach the key.”

Well, that sounds like the level of advice given by security consultants in other spheres so I guess it presents really good value when you compare it to the squillions of pounds a year paid to ex senior officers who ‘consult’ for their old force.

They could, of course, just apply common sense & save on all the bad publicity.

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  1. pchawkeye says:

    Doesn’t say much for the detectives if they can’t spot a vunerable property without the ‘aid’ of Billy Burglar does it. Oh sorry , forgot they don’t go out on the streets to attend burglaries inless it’s at a footballers gaff or a pub.Cynical me.

    July 24th, 2009 at 21:07

  2. Tony F says:

    I suppose its cheaper than building prisons….

    July 24th, 2009 at 23:14

  3. Blueknight says:

    It is not rocket science. Don’t the PCs who attend the breaks, record the MOs?. In the old days anyone who locked their keys in the house or car would call the Police. (‘All part of the service Madam’) we soon learned ways of breaking into most houses.
    Shimming the front door or doing it with a coat hanger and flex can be prevented by deadlocking it. Keep the windows shut, even the top ones that could be accessed by climbing. Old french doors do not have many different key variations, so they need extra locks.
    One of the sneakiest MOs was to go to a house that was divide into flats. Ring one of the bells at random. If there was a reply say ‘I’m looking for John, Mary’ whatever. If there was no reply open the main door, if it hasn’t already been left open, go to the flat and shim the door. Go to the jewelry box and carefully steal just one ring or bracelet. Close the door quietly and leave.
    Householder thinks they must have mislaid it. No sign of a break and nothing else stolen. Half of them never even get reported and then only after a week or two of searching for it….

    July 25th, 2009 at 00:08

  4. copper bottom says:

    its just a publicity stunt… we all know how to break in to a house…

    Re the comment about footballers… how true- i mean, even when you have cctv showing one (as part of a 4-man gang) repeatedly punching someone in the face – he walks…


    July 25th, 2009 at 08:04

  5. Tom Gane says:

    Brilliant. Yet more consultants (paid or otherwise) recruited by the government to massage yet more evidence we are going to hell in a handbasket.

    July 25th, 2009 at 10:31

  6. Alpha Tango says:

    I recall a chap by the name of Sir Ian Blair, on national tv about 18 months ago saying that burglaries were at a 30 year low and it was safe to leave your front door open etc. Hmmm, lock them all up for a decent period of time and perhaps we wouldnt have the problem at the level it is.
    In light of the fact that Hertfordshire is using convicted criminals, what need is there for the force’s crime prevention officers?

    July 25th, 2009 at 11:00

  7. Fee says:

    Regarding the “cat flap” comments from the burglar – many years ago it was common to hang a key on a piece of string which could be reached from the letter box. My granny once found a complete stranger standing at her front door, unable to move. The family dog sniffed every hand that came through the letter box, hadn’t recognised this one, and had grabbed it – firmly. He was a big mutt, part wolfhound, and had a damn good grip. Granny left the would-be burglar there and popped to the local nick, collected a constable and went back with him in order to tell the dog to “drop” the hand. He got 12 months and a badly chewed hand. The dog got liver for a week.

    July 25th, 2009 at 16:12

  8. Bark Collar says:

    Once the frame of the cat door is installed in a wall or door, leave the “flap” off at first. Have someone stay inside with your cat while you go outside. Call your cat through the “hole” (cat door frame without the flap). When he goes through and comes to you, praise him lavishly and give him a food treat. Now have the person inside the house call him through the “hole.” When he gets to them, they should praise lavishly and offer a food treat as well. Do this at least 3 times and no more than a dozen. After this, your cat will know there is a hole in the wall or the door especially for him. A Cat Door or Cat Flap gives you and your cat the freedom they deserve.

    July 29th, 2009 at 13:45

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