The Indy (other newspapers are available) has a rather depressing exposé on the police farce here. As many heretofore law-abiding citizens have complained, the police seem to be less concerned with catching people who commit crimes and more concerned with turning everyone into a criminal and then just finding what it is they can pin on you. Unfortunately, until this has all been based on anecdotal evidence and hearsay.
However, thanks to the newshounds at the Indy, we now have some incontrovertible facts:
- 30% of ANPR data is wrong, and even if you have your insurance documents with you, if the ANPR says you are at fault, then you will at the very least have your time wasted. 30%!!!
- The soft-crime “initiative” pulled in north of £440 million last year, with the vast majority of this coming (of course!) from the long-suffering motorist, in the form of parking and speeding fines.
And the police loved it:
So fixated had officers become on their pursuit of arrests and ticket quotas that, until recently, the most successful vied for a prize known as the Bang It Out Cup. The officer with fewest results received the booby prize of an Underperforming Pig.
And who wouldn’t love it? You’re tasked with solving as many “crimes” as possible with the barest minimum of effort, and no comebacks if it turned out that the person you were harassing actually was insured.
Meanwhile, actual criminals know that they’re harder to catch, and the police are so wonderfully distracted by a combination of chasing ticks in boxes and filling in forms that the criminals are having a whale of time. Still, at least we’re not paying for all this wasteful, nonsensical, counter-productive stupidity.
Ha! Ha! Fooled you: of course we’re paying for them to do this to us as well!