This is a minor thing, but when someone knocked plants off from our front garden we reported it to the police. We didn’t expect anything but the person who took the report said ‘hmmm, we don’t normally have trouble your way but we’ll add it to the nightly route’.
Maybe just a visual presence of police at the right time is enough of a deterrence.
That disillusionment doesn’t justify failure to make a police statement. The attitude that ‘the police won’t do anything about it, so there is no point in reporting it’ is self-defeating (and dangerous). Serious stalking incidents are unlikely to be random occurrences. If enough women bravely step forward and report such incidents, the police will have a number of statements ‘on record’. Whether or not they act on those statements to prevent a crime is unknown, but at least with sufficient evidence in front of them, they can consider their options under stalking laws. And we really don’t know how many potential incidents have been prevented via solid reporting and police intervention.
And let’s not forget technology. There are over 9,000 CCTV cameras at train stations & in trains, as well as street CCTV cams. Why do you think so many offenders are caught so quickly after perpetrating crimes these days? Preventative responses from the police can tap into this resource, however, it is still imperative for members of the public to step forward and assist the police by providing intel.
For the record, I am not defending the police, however, I still feel that it is incumbent upon members of the public to report these types of stalking incidents. Not doing so is enabling further and potentially escalated incidents to occur.
@JohnRain well put response. But like I said to Deckham, I have an incredibly clouded view from a decade working in licensed premises where report after report after report went ignored until “might” became “did”.
BTW, are you familiar with the East Area Rapist case in the States? One of the worst cases I have ever come across. Old tech & human error aside, the police bungled that case due to interagency rivalries and refusal to go public and use the media to their advantage early doors. This was back in the 70s/80s, though.
Policing has improved a hell of a lot in recent times. Throw in tech and ever increasing media involvement (and pressure via social media, etc) and I still believe that reporting these types of matters to the police is a better option than doing nothing.
Another woman murdered in Perth today. Quiet street, neighbours heard nothing. This is a deeply disturbing issue and it doesn’t appear to be improving. The number of women murdered is appalling. l have no idea about what is to done, to improve the situation for women.
You know - although that is a perfectly fine position to take based on your experiences - it doesn’t address - at all - why it would not be a good idea for @jonovdp to report the fact that his female friend gets followed home from a tram stop to her home on several occasions to the local authorities. Does it? Apart from perhaps some minor inconvenience in having to go all the way to a police station and take some time to make the report. Such a drag, I know.
I agree that Candy Crush is a bit of a waste of time. And I’ll take the reference as a casual jest, as I’m certain that you are not weighing up the time and effort spent on a stupid game to the seriousness of this particular situation.
As some would have worked out already I’ve spent a lot of my career working closely with police.
People often talk about the police have to solve crimes, police need to catch the bad guy etc etc. Heres the brutal reality - almost all of the time police don’t know who the perpetrators of crime are unless the community tells them. There’s investigations and evidence gathering etc that occur post that, but the percentage of crimes that rely on a member of the public initially coming forward to solve is staggering.
Law enforcement might be the police’s responsibility but community safety is absolutely everyone’s responsibility, not just police. If you see something, if you know something, anything, that might assist the police in solving a crime or preventing another one then you have a responsibility (and I would argue a civic duty) to tell police what you know.