Top cop says there is no such thing as a mi­nor crime

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re­turned to find the house in­se­cure. She took us through to the kitchen and showed us where the glass panel in the back door had been smashed to gain en­try.

She told us that £40 and some in­ex­pen­sive jew­ellery had been stolen, but it was clear that the house­breaker had been through all the draw­ers in the bed­rooms and liv­ing room.

We took down the de­tails and tried to con­sole the woman, ex­plain­ing that it could have been worse.

We spent a bit of time with her and then went to the next call.

The CID ar­rested the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the break-in (and about a dozen oth­ers) five or six weeks later and got some of the jew­ellery back.

I went back round to the woman’s house to give her the good news, think­ing she’d be de­lighted that Strath­clyde’s Finest had solved the crime.

As I was speak­ing to her on the doorstep I was amazed when she started to cry.

She ex­plained that she had hardly slept since the break-in and was go­ing to move house be­cause she didn’t feel safe.

She had been in the house since she got mar­ried 22 years ago.

That was when I learned that there is no such thing as a mi­nor crime.

I try to make sure that all our young cops hear this story and un­der­stand the af­fect that crimes of any kind can have on the vic­tims.

I’m pretty con­fi­dent that we’ll get all those re­spon­si­ble for the re­cent thefts but you can help by mak­ing life hard for the thieves.

Make sure your doors and win­dows are locked, make sure your cars are se­cure.

If you need advice, have a look at our web­site. If you see any­one who looks sus­pi­cious, give us a call on 101 (non-emer­gency) or 999 (emer­gency).

Make sure your doors and win­dows are locked, make sure your cars are se­cure

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