Police in Britain Pose as Burglars to test homeowners

Police in Britain Pose as Burglars to test homeowners

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    Police in Britain Pose as Burglars to test homeowners

    This has got to be one of the worst ideas ever! Imagine what would happen if this were attempted here in the US. Thank goodness for the 2nd Ammendment

    From the UK Daily Mail
    Home | Mail Online

    Cold-calling police are to pose as burglars to drive home their safety message.

    Householders whose homes are an easy target could be woken in the middle of the night by officers trying windows and doors.
    The initiative, code-named Operation Golden, is being launched in a bid to cut break-ins.
    More...Cleared: Father who chopped off intruder's ear with samurai sword after he threatened to rape and kill his family

    It is being trialled by Cheshire Police, who say residents who fall foul of their checks will be roused with a lecture from officers on what they could have lost.
    But there is bound to be concern that the police may scare some elderly residents as they pose as burglars.
    And with the political debate raging about the rights of homeowners to defend their homes, there is the danger the police themselves may be attacked by people who fear they are genuine intruders.

    Insp Gareth Woods, who is heading up the operation, admitted some people will not be happy about the early hours wake-up calls.
    He said: 'If we're told to get lost then that's a risk we take. It's a difficult balance to strike.

    'The bottom line is officers get a mixed reception when doing anything like this, but I say to any of my officers that if they see an insecure car or house to let the owner know, no matter what time of day or night.
    'Most reasonable people will say thanks for letting them know and be grateful.'
    He added: 'Obviously we will be very discreet and won't be trying every door. We will target areas where we have intelligence burglaries will be happening.'
    The operation is starting in Macclesfield and will be rolled out across East Cheshire.
    It has been prompted by statistics which show nearly 40 per cent of all burglaries are carried out through unlocked doors or open windows.
    Police and community support officers are also distributing thousands of door-hanger cards which list security checks to be carried out before householders leave home.
    Chief Insp Peter Crowcroft said: 'There are burglars who specialise in sneak-ins. They walk around streets, nipping in and out of gardens and trying doors.
    'Most of them don't care if anyone is in the house. Even if the family is in the next room watching TV, the criminal will walk in, grab a bag, purse or some other item of value and be out again in seconds.

    'Operation Golden is about raising the profile of security at home and keeping people safe.'

    Read more: Police to pose as burglars in bid to cut break-ins | Mail Online
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    Wow. Bad idea. Firearm or none, if someone is breaking into my home they are at least going to face me with a blunt weapon, and a dog.

    This has ugly written all over it.
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    What the ... somebody isn't running on all 8 here
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    And this is why I thank god every day that I'm born in the USA. Now Arizona or Texas are a little closer to my ideal political environment than Kalifornia but that's just me actually buckling down and moving... If I didn't have all of my extended family within a few miles I'd be gone in a heartbeat.
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    Bloody hell, what a bunch of wankers!

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    That is one strange country. What happened to them?
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    I'm waiting for the follow-up story. You know, the one about the officers arresting a homeowner because he smashed a cricket bat into one of these moron's skulls...
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    what the-? can we just annex them already, for their own good?

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    Wankers indeed.

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    At least they are leaving hard working burglars alone. I am surpised some of their colonies don't declare independence.
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    Only in a society of sheep who are unarmed could something so xxxxxxx xxxxxx happen. Protect your second amendment rights at all costs.
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    This place has gone nuts!

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    I can't believe what has happened to a once powerful nation. How they have fallen so far into this "nanny" state of protection defies logic. It's bad enough that they are doing something as idiotic as these staged burglaries, but in that same article is a link to another story.

    Cleared: Builder who chopped off thug's ear with Samurai sword after he threatened to rape and kill his family | Mail Online

    If you want to see how far they've fallen, just read this story. Two thugs break in, threaten to rape and kill members of this guy's family. He defends his family with a Samurai sword and he gets charged for attacking the crooks. Thank God a jury set him free, but only after a 9 month ordeal. And to top it off, the two crooks get a suspended sentence.

    There simply isn't enough money in the world to make me want to live in England under the current political climate.

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    I guess they haven't thought about the little lady with the pot of boiling oil who's making some fish & chips for dinner.

    Wait till she flings that on one of the fake burglars.

    I think I'd rather be shot than french fried.

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    Smack in the middle of wealthy on one side and dirt poor on the other
    I'm wondering if the officers are going to shoot the homeowner if the hm actually wakes up, catches them in the act, and wacks them upside the head with a bat or something....

    Bunch of morons

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