Car crime victim calls for more police action in Maldon

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Car theft victim is calling for greater police presence Car theft victim is calling for greater police presence

A war veteran claims police are not doing enough to tackle crime.

Ex-soldier Paul Crawley, 89, became a victim of brazen thieves who stole his Land Rover Discovery from his driveway in Colchester Road, Heybridge.

Mr Crawley relied on the gold 4x4, which had a personalised number plate H8 UGY, has called for more police presence.

He said: “When I was a young man, if one car went in a year that was a crime.

“Now three or four go in a week.”

His car is one of at least eight stolen since January that police have made the media aware of.

Maldon police said vehicle crime fell by 37.6% last year and the police service has been subject to the same economic pressures and budget cuts as many other public organisations.

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5:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Regbluebottle says...

We recieve a shockingly bad service from Essex Police. For example, there has been a spate of purse snatchers operating in the High St. and, more recently, Morrisons supermarket for over 5 years. How many have been caught? NONE!

Conact them about a theft and they *might* send round a PCSO (who hasn't even got the power to interview somebody under caution) in a few day's time. Then get fobbed off with a load of waffle and hey ho off they go!

I speak from experience.
We recieve a shockingly bad service from Essex Police. For example, there has been a spate of purse snatchers operating in the High St. and, more recently, Morrisons supermarket for over 5 years. How many have been caught? NONE! Conact them about a theft and they *might* send round a PCSO (who hasn't even got the power to interview somebody under caution) in a few day's time. Then get fobbed off with a load of waffle and hey ho off they go! I speak from experience. Regbluebottle

11:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

John Whittingdale says...

When are you lot going to learn, Essex police only use their cars for raising revenue, look at how many sit around with speed guns, two to a car.. And they brag about how many cars they nick on their face book page.. They are considered a joke by other police forces in the country.. There will never be beat bobbies again because they dont raise revenue.. Why do you think they say "crime does not pay".. well belive me, its not what your thinking !!
When are you lot going to learn, Essex police only use their cars for raising revenue, look at how many sit around with speed guns, two to a car.. And they brag about how many cars they nick on their face book page.. They are considered a joke by other police forces in the country.. There will never be beat bobbies again because they dont raise revenue.. Why do you think they say "crime does not pay".. well belive me, its not what your thinking !! John Whittingdale

8:59am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Police presence would have had no impact on this - is he really saying we should have millions of police at say £50,000 a year when you include all in costs wandering local streets checking to see if cars were stolen.

More relevant information would be - was the car locked? Were the keys in the car?

And I have no problem with police stopping cars speeding and raising money when doing it. Speed kills.

Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police? More to the point where were the bags? Loose on a trolley?.. People need to take far more responsibility for their own action (or inaction) rather than whinge for more police...

People need to get real about police - they need to be employed on things which matter as they cost real money. How high do you want your council tax to be because that is what will go up enormously if every moaner got their way and zillions of police were employed to wander aimlessly around the world...
Police presence would have had no impact on this - is he really saying we should have millions of police at say £50,000 a year when you include all in costs wandering local streets checking to see if cars were stolen. More relevant information would be - was the car locked? Were the keys in the car? And I have no problem with police stopping cars speeding and raising money when doing it. Speed kills. Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police? More to the point where were the bags? Loose on a trolley?.. People need to take far more responsibility for their own action (or inaction) rather than whinge for more police... People need to get real about police - they need to be employed on things which matter as they cost real money. How high do you want your council tax to be because that is what will go up enormously if every moaner got their way and zillions of police were employed to wander aimlessly around the world... Jack222

11:40am Fri 14 Feb 14

Dengie D says...

Usual drivel from jack222

"Police presence would have had no impact on this"
and!
"Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police?"

So you're saying an increased Police presence will have no affect on crime and in the same post, criminals will not operate when police are on the beat.
Usual drivel from jack222 "Police presence would have had no impact on this" and! "Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police?" So you're saying an increased Police presence will have no affect on crime and in the same post, criminals will not operate when police are on the beat. Dengie D

12:57pm Fri 14 Feb 14

FamouSam says...

Dengie D wrote:
Usual drivel from jack222

"Police presence would have had no impact on this"
and!
"Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police?"

So you're saying an increased Police presence will have no affect on crime and in the same post, criminals will not operate when police are on the beat.
So you want more police, what should we forgo to pay for it?

Removing speed traps will cost money (fewer fines) and increase crime as more people speed, and increase healthcare costs as more people get hurt, so that doesn't sound like a great idea - perhaps we should do the opposite?

Should we put up council tax? Increase parking charges? Further increase income tax further? Raise VAT?

Or should we just add more police and punt the cost to the next generation?
[quote][p][bold]Dengie D[/bold] wrote: Usual drivel from jack222 "Police presence would have had no impact on this" and! "Police would have no impact on bag snatching either - what thief would nick one when they see a police?" So you're saying an increased Police presence will have no affect on crime and in the same post, criminals will not operate when police are on the beat.[/p][/quote]So you want more police, what should we forgo to pay for it? Removing speed traps will cost money (fewer fines) and increase crime as more people speed, and increase healthcare costs as more people get hurt, so that doesn't sound like a great idea - perhaps we should do the opposite? Should we put up council tax? Increase parking charges? Further increase income tax further? Raise VAT? Or should we just add more police and punt the cost to the next generation? FamouSam

2:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hawthorne says...

Jack is right... You could double the amount of police and that particular crime would still have happened. You could argue that the detection rate would be higher but the point remains. Yes, we'd all like more police, but then I'd like more cars, or a couple of houses abroad, or a diamond-encrusted tiger maybe, but I don't have those things because they cost a lot of money. I don't understand why people don't get this.

'John', of course, is still not over his speeding fine. Good. I hope it hurts. Speed kills.
Jack is right... You could double the amount of police and that particular crime would still have happened. You could argue that the detection rate would be higher but the point remains. Yes, we'd all like more police, but then I'd like more cars, or a couple of houses abroad, or a diamond-encrusted tiger maybe, but I don't have those things because they cost a lot of money. I don't understand why people don't get this. 'John', of course, is still not over his speeding fine. Good. I hope it hurts. Speed kills. Hawthorne

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