The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, which is the group responsible for investigating the performance of police and how well they respond to crimes, has said that forces across the country have virtually given up on investigating car crime, primarily because of how unlikely it is that they will catch the criminals involved. The news comes despite the fact that many call handlers for insurance firms and car rental companies ask for extensive details and pass this information on to the police so that they can more effectively investigate the incidents.
Recent reports have suggested that victims of all crime have been told by police that they should investigate crimes themselves before getting the police involved. Some individuals have been told to gather evidence, by speaking to witnesses, collecting CCTV footage, and even looking for fingerprint evidence themselves. This has been attributed to the fact that austerity cuts imposed by the government mean that the police do not have the resources to be able to effectively investigate many crimes, and that they are more likely to investigate those that are considered more serious, or that have a greater chance of catching the guilty parties.
Car rental and insurance companies have said that they have been asking the kind of questions of their callers that the police would ask, they have been gathering the information, and have then been passing the information on to police. However, it has been said that this information is being ignored or is slipping through the cracks, and this means that many car crimes are not only going unpunished but are not even being investigated in the first place. Another cause has been mooted, which is that a lot of administrative work is now being outsourced, and that this is leading to data going missing, therefore preventing proper investigation.
The government’s significant austerity measures have come under fire from many parties and groups, with massive cuts to the legal aid system, as well as a huge reduction in the number of front line police that are on the ground actually investigating crimes, but this latest information also points to the detrimental effect that outsourcing to save money has had.