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