Police warned people to be wary of using expensive phones in public following a spate of street robberies.
Officers are receiving reports of at least one mugging a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.
Hmm, let’s try a little experiment:
“Police warned women to be wary of wearing short skirts in public following a spate of rapes.
Officers are receiving reports of at least one rape a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.”
Anyone agree there’d be OUTRAGE! at such a statement? That letters to MPs, questions in Parliament and even sackings would follow?
So, why is this different?
Chief Insp Dave Colwell, district commander for Southend, said they were largely focusing on parks and other hotspots.He said: “We often patrol these areas.
“We have high-visibility policing with PCSOs and neighbourhood policing teams. We have also done some work around the schools, where we’ve tried to educate young people about their own safety.”
In other words, tried to tell them that they shouldn’t have nice things and if they do, better not have them on display or they are just tempting thieves.
What do you tell the girls in safety lessons, to wear a burkha? ‘Better keep the goods covered up, ladies…’
Chief Insp Colwell said: “Around parks and open spaces people need to be mindful of displaying expensive electrical equipment, such as phones and iPods.“These iPhones are particularly expensive, worth about £400 to £500, and there’s a market where they can sell these phones.
“People generally commit this crime against younger people who are very vulnerable.
They need to be aware of their own personal safety in such places, leaving phones around and having them on display.”
And how do the residents of the area feel about this ‘advice’?
Albert Wallace, chairman of Chalkwell Ward Residents’ Association, said: “We are very concerned about serious crime being committed in and around Chalkwell park and along the London Road.“We welcome any extra patrols, but what we would welcome most is the people responsible caught. That’s what we want them to do.”
How about giving it a try, CI Colwell? You never know, you might just surprise yourself…