IAATI does! However, some appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that they are little more than a recording facility. The theft is (eventually) placed on the PNC LoS register and it is hoped this ‘negative’ will become a ‘positive’ and the scales of justice are one again balanced … since 16th century, Lady Justice is regularly depicted wearing a blindfold representing impartiality. Whilst the ideal is that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power or status it appears this can now be equally applied to the failure to see the harm a vehicle theft causes:
- inconvenience, hardship and financial loss to the original victim
- profit to a thief – without deterrent
- substantial inconvenience and loss to an Innocent purchaser unknowingly acquiring such a car
- wasted police resources
19//10/2017, reported by the Association of British Investigators:
‘My car was parked on my driveway – the next morning it was gone’
I immediately called the maker’s On Call service, which I’d subscribed to, to see if it could be traced or immobilised. The chap on the line was very sympathetic, but explained I would need to speak to the police first before he could do anything. So that’s who I called next, to be told that only the “investigating officers” could speak to the On Call service and that they’d phone me back. This they did; seven hours later.
I was asked a few cursory questions and then told: “We won’t be able to investigate this further.” It felt like the ultimate box-ticking exercise.
I’m told my car is now likely on its way to Africa or Eastern Europe. That’s shocking enough. But it’s the casual acceptance of its fate that will be my lasting impression of the whole sorry episode.
The full, frank and concerning episode can be read by clicking here.