New Met chief, Bernard Hogan-Howe, wants all victims of crime to be offered a personal visit.
I don’t have a problem with this, we used to do it as a matter of routine, until people decided the job of policing could be shaved off to different departments and organisations. The problem is that the genie is now out of the bottle, going back to that ethos will take more than a few good words in the force press releases.
Apparently, an extra 3000 people have received a visit in the last 3 weeks over and above what the Met currently do. That’s good going but I suspect it leaves quite a few victims of crime without a visit over that period. Only 25% of those offered a visit too the Met up on it. The reasons the others declined are not clear. I think that would make interesting reading.
The Met have said they aim to get to someone to the scene of a car crime within an hour. We can’t get officers to domestics, burglaries and assaults within an hour, let alone crimes which probably occurred many hours prior to being discovered.
We’ve had similar initiatives in our force area. Sometimes it’s car crime, sometimes it’s anti social behaviour on a Â particular estate or row of shops, thefts of metals, catalytic converters, whatever. We certainly can’t get to most of those within the hour, not unless we have a load of PCSOs doing nothing better.
So it will be interesting to see how the Met gets on with this initiaive, and what other parts of the service have to suffer to compensate.