Police concerned burglars could start fresh thieving spree in Maldon's High Street

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Inspector Chris Kilgallen, of Maldon police, is concerned burglars may start a fresh thieving spree Inspector Chris Kilgallen, of Maldon police, is concerned burglars may start a fresh thieving spree

Angry traders are calling for more visible policing after concerns were raised that burglars could start a fresh thieving spree.

Crooks raided Maldon Craft Shop and Paper Kisses card shop in the High Street over the Christmas period, stealing cash, charity boxes and even a kettle.

Inspector Chris Kilgallen, of Maldon police, said: “We may have the start of a potential trend of burglaries into premises along the High Street.

“In November 2012 we had a similar sort of thing and we didn’t identify suspects for it.”

Last Christmas more than six shops were raided for money, a laptop and even food.

Alan Richardson, whose shop Riverside Cycle Centre was targeted last year, said: “I am not surprised it’s happening again, nowadays there’s no police presence.

“There needs to be more so there is some sort of deterrent.”

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9:53am Thu 2 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

But when did the crimes occur? At night? If so 'visible' policing would have no impact. During the day? Then what were the shopkeepers doing if their kettle was also nicked? They need to be responsible for daytime. I have no interested in paying a policeman a fortune to wander up and down the High street and achieve nothing - any sensible crook would obviously nick the stuff when the police are at the other end.

Let's have some thought here rather than emotional response...
But when did the crimes occur? At night? If so 'visible' policing would have no impact. During the day? Then what were the shopkeepers doing if their kettle was also nicked? They need to be responsible for daytime. I have no interested in paying a policeman a fortune to wander up and down the High street and achieve nothing - any sensible crook would obviously nick the stuff when the police are at the other end. Let's have some thought here rather than emotional response... Jack222

12:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Latchingdon says...

More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea!
Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out....
How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!!
When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up!
More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea! Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out.... How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!! When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up! Latchingdon

4:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Regbluebottle says...

Maldon Police must be rushed off of their feet, I mean there is just so much crime to deal with....NOT!!!

We receive an unprofessional and disinterested service from our local Police, most of the time they're simply not bothered to get out of their cars and leave the 'plastics' to wander around from time to time.

Look how long the spate of purse thefts have been occuring? Is it 5 or more years? How many arrests have been made? Is is 0?
Maldon Police must be rushed off of their feet, I mean there is just so much crime to deal with....NOT!!! We receive an unprofessional and disinterested service from our local Police, most of the time they're simply not bothered to get out of their cars and leave the 'plastics' to wander around from time to time. Look how long the spate of purse thefts have been occuring? Is it 5 or more years? How many arrests have been made? Is is 0? Regbluebottle

7:39pm Mon 6 Jan 14

FamouSam says...

Latchingdon wrote:
More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea!
Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out....
How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!!
When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up!
Giving them more things to do like wander around to create 'a visible presence' and they may not turn up for 3 weeks next time.

Crime has fallen dramatically over the last 20 years because of better policing and the use of technology. Going back to paying someone to wander around in a high visibility jacket is not the answer.

Buy a burglar alarm and hide the kettle.
[quote][p][bold]Latchingdon[/bold] wrote: More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea! Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out.... How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!! When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up![/p][/quote]Giving them more things to do like wander around to create 'a visible presence' and they may not turn up for 3 weeks next time. Crime has fallen dramatically over the last 20 years because of better policing and the use of technology. Going back to paying someone to wander around in a high visibility jacket is not the answer. Buy a burglar alarm and hide the kettle. FamouSam

7:40pm Mon 6 Jan 14

FamouSam says...

Regbluebottle wrote:
Maldon Police must be rushed off of their feet, I mean there is just so much crime to deal with....NOT!!!

We receive an unprofessional and disinterested service from our local Police, most of the time they're simply not bothered to get out of their cars and leave the 'plastics' to wander around from time to time.

Look how long the spate of purse thefts have been occuring? Is it 5 or more years? How many arrests have been made? Is is 0?
Quite the crime mecca. First a few purses and now a kettle.
[quote][p][bold]Regbluebottle[/bold] wrote: Maldon Police must be rushed off of their feet, I mean there is just so much crime to deal with....NOT!!! We receive an unprofessional and disinterested service from our local Police, most of the time they're simply not bothered to get out of their cars and leave the 'plastics' to wander around from time to time. Look how long the spate of purse thefts have been occuring? Is it 5 or more years? How many arrests have been made? Is is 0?[/p][/quote]Quite the crime mecca. First a few purses and now a kettle. FamouSam

9:29am Tue 7 Jan 14

Regbluebottle says...

FamouSam wrote:
Latchingdon wrote:
More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea!
Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out....
How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!!
When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up!
Giving them more things to do like wander around to create 'a visible presence' and they may not turn up for 3 weeks next time.

Crime has fallen dramatically over the last 20 years because of better policing and the use of technology. Going back to paying someone to wander around in a high visibility jacket is not the answer.

Buy a burglar alarm and hide the kettle.
Certain crimes have fallen dramatically, for example car theft . because of technology and pressure from insurance companies NOT better policing. Our policing standards are at all time low...and that's coming from a low point to start off with.

Purse snatching is at the low end of the criminal scale of activity but it has an enormous impact on the victims who are generally the vunerable members of our society. A visible police presence WOULD be helpful and perhaps they might even catch these low life scum.
[quote][p][bold]FamouSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Latchingdon[/bold] wrote: More Bobby's on the beat - what a novel old fashioned idea! Didn't some idiot say that having visable Police out there played no part in how much crime was carried out.... How many years has it taken them to work out THAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!! When my shop was burgled it took the police TWO DAYS to turn up![/p][/quote]Giving them more things to do like wander around to create 'a visible presence' and they may not turn up for 3 weeks next time. Crime has fallen dramatically over the last 20 years because of better policing and the use of technology. Going back to paying someone to wander around in a high visibility jacket is not the answer. Buy a burglar alarm and hide the kettle.[/p][/quote]Certain crimes have fallen dramatically, for example car theft . because of technology and pressure from insurance companies NOT better policing. Our policing standards are at all time low...and that's coming from a low point to start off with. Purse snatching is at the low end of the criminal scale of activity but it has an enormous impact on the victims who are generally the vunerable members of our society. A visible police presence WOULD be helpful and perhaps they might even catch these low life scum. Regbluebottle

11:39am Tue 7 Jan 14

Dengie D says...

These days the Police only concern themselves with responding to crime, we desperately need a return to pro active and visible policing (as well as custodial sentences)

Most of these crimes are committed by the same elements of society and need very little resources to solve.

If only they applied as much enthusiasm as they do to motorists with minor infringements.
These days the Police only concern themselves with responding to crime, we desperately need a return to pro active and visible policing (as well as custodial sentences) Most of these crimes are committed by the same elements of society and need very little resources to solve. If only they applied as much enthusiasm as they do to motorists with minor infringements. Dengie D

1:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

FamouSam says...

Dengie D wrote:
These days the Police only concern themselves with responding to crime, we desperately need a return to pro active and visible policing (as well as custodial sentences)

Most of these crimes are committed by the same elements of society and need very little resources to solve.

If only they applied as much enthusiasm as they do to motorists with minor infringements.
So you're OK with a tax increase to pay for more prisons and to make up for the reduced traffic fine income? You're ok with fewer schools, longer hospital waiting lists etc so the police can mop up some petty criminals. Perhaps you've been watching too much Heartbeat.

IMO fining traffic offenders is great - each offender pays for breaking the law. As a lawful citizen I don't have to pay fines. If we recreate the flying squad to look for purse stealers and start increasing sentences for all crimes where do you suggest this money comes from? Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime (read the first 2 bullet points on the following http://www.publicsaf
ety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/
pblctns/ffcts-prsn-s
ntncs-rcdvsm/index-e
ng.aspx). There are many other almost identical reports if you look on Google. I'm not a fan of the 3 strikes approach - look at the glorious success in the US (not).

Equally, an officer wandering around with a magnifying glass looking for a purse thief rather than stopping a drunken middle-aged man driving over the speed limit is not a good use of scarce resources either. I'd rather lose the odd kettle than have to worry about my kids being hit by a speeding car.
[quote][p][bold]Dengie D[/bold] wrote: These days the Police only concern themselves with responding to crime, we desperately need a return to pro active and visible policing (as well as custodial sentences) Most of these crimes are committed by the same elements of society and need very little resources to solve. If only they applied as much enthusiasm as they do to motorists with minor infringements.[/p][/quote]So you're OK with a tax increase to pay for more prisons and to make up for the reduced traffic fine income? You're ok with fewer schools, longer hospital waiting lists etc so the police can mop up some petty criminals. Perhaps you've been watching too much Heartbeat. IMO fining traffic offenders is great - each offender pays for breaking the law. As a lawful citizen I don't have to pay fines. If we recreate the flying squad to look for purse stealers and start increasing sentences for all crimes where do you suggest this money comes from? Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime (read the first 2 bullet points on the following http://www.publicsaf ety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ pblctns/ffcts-prsn-s ntncs-rcdvsm/index-e ng.aspx). There are many other almost identical reports if you look on Google. I'm not a fan of the 3 strikes approach - look at the glorious success in the US (not). Equally, an officer wandering around with a magnifying glass looking for a purse thief rather than stopping a drunken middle-aged man driving over the speed limit is not a good use of scarce resources either. I'd rather lose the odd kettle than have to worry about my kids being hit by a speeding car. FamouSam

1:53pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Dengie D says...

Famousam, learn to debate with adults.
You’re concerned about Schools and Hospitals and firmly against ‘the police mopping up petty criminals’ so I suppose in your perverse view of things you’d blame the countless break ins at schools (and arsons) on speeding motorists.
And this is even better “Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime” and cite a Canadian report from 1999!

Stop worrying about your children being hit by speeding cars and start thinking about the sort of society you want them to live in.
Famousam, learn to debate with adults. You’re concerned about Schools and Hospitals and firmly against ‘the police mopping up petty criminals’ so I suppose in your perverse view of things you’d blame the countless break ins at schools (and arsons) on speeding motorists. And this is even better “Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime” and cite a Canadian report from 1999! Stop worrying about your children being hit by speeding cars and start thinking about the sort of society you want them to live in. Dengie D

4:15pm Tue 7 Jan 14

FamouSam says...

Dengie D wrote:
Famousam, learn to debate with adults.
You’re concerned about Schools and Hospitals and firmly against ‘the police mopping up petty criminals’ so I suppose in your perverse view of things you’d blame the countless break ins at schools (and arsons) on speeding motorists.
And this is even better “Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime” and cite a Canadian report from 1999!

Stop worrying about your children being hit by speeding cars and start thinking about the sort of society you want them to live in.
Of course I'm concerned about my kids getting hurt. Wouldn't you be concerned about yours? Nice parent you'd be.

Now, as you've shown, laws only matter to us if we want them to. You seem to think that speeding is forgivable while petty theft deserves 20 years. Only one of these crimes is likely to avoid in death to innocents. Can you guess which one?

Any society has to make trade-offs. I'm suggesting that it may not make sense to put a policeman in front of every shop on Maldon High Street at the expense of our schools and hospitals.

I see that you've avoided answering my question regarding how you would pay for all these extra police officers. Presumably you'd expect someone else to pick up the tab for this. So debate like an adult and tell us all how you'd do it. Increase property tax, increase parking fees, increase speeding fines......?
[quote][p][bold]Dengie D[/bold] wrote: Famousam, learn to debate with adults. You’re concerned about Schools and Hospitals and firmly against ‘the police mopping up petty criminals’ so I suppose in your perverse view of things you’d blame the countless break ins at schools (and arsons) on speeding motorists. And this is even better “Every research paper written will show you that higher sentences have a minimal impact on crime” and cite a Canadian report from 1999! Stop worrying about your children being hit by speeding cars and start thinking about the sort of society you want them to live in.[/p][/quote]Of course I'm concerned about my kids getting hurt. Wouldn't you be concerned about yours? Nice parent you'd be. Now, as you've shown, laws only matter to us if we want them to. You seem to think that speeding is forgivable while petty theft deserves 20 years. Only one of these crimes is likely to avoid in death to innocents. Can you guess which one? Any society has to make trade-offs. I'm suggesting that it may not make sense to put a policeman in front of every shop on Maldon High Street at the expense of our schools and hospitals. I see that you've avoided answering my question regarding how you would pay for all these extra police officers. Presumably you'd expect someone else to pick up the tab for this. So debate like an adult and tell us all how you'd do it. Increase property tax, increase parking fees, increase speeding fines......? FamouSam

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