It seems like even the people who try to protect us from the threat of burglaries are becoming victims themselves. It has been revealed that the Police have been targeted countless times by thieves over the past five years.
Items such as handcuffs, warrant cards, uniforms and equipment such as speed guns, breathalysers, riot shields and even a red “door whammer” have been pinched from under the noses of our great British police force.
Other items which have gone missing include CCTV footage along with a TV from West Oxfordshire Police, £48 tea float from Pontefract Police station, crumpets from Priory Road Police station in Hull and even 20 toilet rolls from West Mercia Police.
Over these past 5 years many thousands of pounds worth of goods have seeming gone missing. The force which has racked up the most amount of losses was Greater Manchester totalling more than a staggering £86,000.
And what was the largest, most expensive item stolen from the Police? It takes some guts, but in 2008 a thief managed to steal a patrol car from a Police station in Northumberland. That’s right; a £12,000 Police patrol car was taken from outside the station and later found crashed.
Although this was a particularly large item to steal, most were smaller, low value goods which could be stolen by opportunists thieves who would take advantage of belongings and goods which were unattended.
If there was ever a reason to keep your belongings secure when they are unattended, this is it. There are too many opportunist thieves around who have no fear of the law to keep your possesions unsecured.