We constantly hear from some sections of the mainstream media about police officers ‘not bothering’ to respond calls where people are reporting being the victim of a burglary.
In reality, if you have been the victim of a burglary and the suspect was not on the premises when you returned home AND your property can be secured, then there is a chance of an extended delay in the police attending, depending on the volume of life-threatening calls which the police have to deal with at that particular moment in time.
During my own time serving as a response team officer in the Met Police, then I would often get to the scene of a burglary a day after the burglary happened.
Because often, whilst on route to deal with such a call, you would be diverted by the control room to an ‘immediate response’ 999 call meaning that someone’s life was in danger or, for example, a crime was in progress at that exact moment in time.
Of course, if you wake up in the middle of the night, or you return home to find the suspect is still on
That’s if units aren’t already dealing with RTC’s, hospital guards, crime scene guards, other victims or prisoners etc.
The more resources the police have, the greater the likelihood that they will be able to get to you quicker!
However, it was great to see that one victim of a burglary took the time to write a thank you letter to the officer that dealt with their call for help.
The note, shared on the @ResponseWMP twitter account said:
“Your quick response and thoughtfulness meant the world to us.
“Thank you so very much.
“Please take care [of] yourselves’
To any of our civilian readers, I can assure you that most police officers will do as much as they can to get to you as quickly as possible if ever you are the victim of a burglary.
But let us not forget, it’s the BURGLARS who should shoulder the blame for what THEY do.
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