Bad: Burglary victim told not to put up security 'in case it injures criminals' (UK)
As reported by the Rugby Advertiser:
* Published Date: 20 December 2007
* Location: Rugby
Burglary victim told not to put up security 'in case it injures criminals'
A CHURCH Lawford woman recovering from a multi-thousand pound raid claims she was refused permission by police to install tighter security measures - in case it injured returning thieves.
As reported last week, the woman had antiques and personal items worth 'thousands' stolen from her home last month while she tended to her cancer-ridden brother.
Rugby Police investigated and gave the woman a crime-fighting manual advising on upgrading security.
However, when she enquired about installing a new security fence at her home, she was informed occupier liability rules meant she risked investigation herself if trespassers hurt themselves climbing over it.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: "If I have got to live behind locked doors for the rest of my life, I hope the rest of my life isn't very long. But why would I want my house safe for these people? It's crazy."
Offenders raided the woman's house after smashing through a security gate several feet high and breaking through windows.
As well as valuable antiques, they also
took wedding rings belonging to the woman and her now deceased-parents.
Police investigated and gave the divorcee a copy of Warwickshire Police's 'Operation Impact' manual, giving victims information on crime-fighting techniques and activities.
The woman later asked if she could install a new gate, complete with barbed wire or carpet gripper, to prevent further thieves climbing over.
However, the guide says she could risk prosecution herself if the trespassers hurt themselves on the beefed-up gate.
She said: "I respect that if the postman or the gas man calls, they don't expect to hurt himself. But I was speechless - you couldn't make it up. I think these laws show we have gone soft in the head."
Police advised the woman to fit alarms and are continuing investigations.
Adequate home security advice for homeowners is available from Rugby Police Station in Newbold Road.
The story can be found at; http://www.rugbytoday.co.uk/news/Bur...-to.3608104.jp
It's worse than you think over the pond......
Here is a story I ran across yesterday from the UK: (now they make the victims house the criminals in their homes)
A convicted criminal has moved in with a married couple against their wishes after giving their address in court as his home.
Shane Sims, 19, has spent the last few days living with Brenda and Robert Cole after he was sentenced to a week's curfew for breaching a supervision order.
But the couple claim the first they knew about it was when Sims, a friend of their daughter, moved in on Thursday – followed by security contractors who put a box in a bedroom to monitor his movements with an ankle tag.
Mrs Cole, 47, said: 'It's turned our lives upside down. He's taken over the whole place. He sprawls across the sofa and he's always in the bathroom when you need it. It's an absolute disgrace. They've let a criminal come into our home and there is nothing we can do about it.'
Sims appeared before magistrates last Thursday where he admitted breaching a two-year supervision order imposed for assault.
He gave the Coles' Bristol address as his bail address but the Probation Service did not verify it.
Sims claims he was told he could stay by the Coles' 16-year-old daughter Tanya after he fell out with his father.
He allegedly told Mrs Cole: 'I'm staying here until the tag's off. There's damn all you can do about it. The courts have told me to.'
The court said it was looking into the situation but police said they could not act without a court warrant.