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From time to time disturbing articles about the police appear in national newspapers. Tax-payers expect to be protected in the community because they are paying for it in their taxes. In last year’s council tax rises, for many, the greatest percentage increases were in the police budgets. But while more money is invested in the nation’s police forces, the returns appear to be less than they were. There are reports of certain crimes not being recorded. The 101 phone service has been more difficult to access with longer waiting times before a call is answered and less interest being shown in some complaints. Online reporting of crime is somewhat restrictive with some kinds of antisocial behaviour not falling into any of the reporting categories. An air of dissatisfaction prevails across the country concerning policing competence.




The main reason given by the police for failing to deal with crime is lack of resources. Responding to reported crime becomes a matter of rationing. Drug-taking may be illegal, but the supplying of drugs is the more serious offence. Because so many more people are now taking drugs, the police (with their limited resources) cannot deal with these cases. Excuses will, of course, be made. There have been cuts in the past which have resulted in the closure of many local police stations. At the same time “new” crimes have arisen and require attention. In order to be seen to be supporting diversity and equality, the police seem to be obliged to respond to claims of racist or homophobic abuse. Knife-crime has increased out of all proportion. While the police are dealing with a knife attack they cannot be responding to a burglary which is “downgraded” to an offence of lesser significance.




Consider a spate of burglaries in a local village. A number of business premises are broken into over a weekend. There is some damage caused by forcing an entry to a building and the inconvenience of an office being ransacked, for instance. A small amount of cash kept in the premises is stolen. The police are informed of the incident when it is discovered, but say that they are unable to deal with it. The loss of £100 may be considerable for that small business, but to the police it is not worth investigating – even though the incident may have been replicated elsewhere. No forensic officers are sent out to examine the place and take fingerprints. Yet police cars remain parked outside the local police station for hours at a time, raising the question, “How are the police really spending their time?” In West Yorkshire almost half of the reported crimes went unrecorded – being screened out without investigation. Similar figures can be found in many other forces.




This situation is highly unsatisfactory. Lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. In spite of claiming that drivers who fail to tax their vehicles will not get away with it, thousands do just that: they get away with it. The DVLA has a reporting system in place whereby unlicensed vehicles can be reported to them. What action is taken by the DVLA? Evidently, very little. Members of the public who have used the system have the proof before their eyes that illegal drivers simply carry on without any fear of prosecution. What about the police? An official response stated: “The police are not responsible and do not investigate untaxed vehicles on the public road.” So there you have it. If we do not have the resources to deal with it, we will ignore it. A blind eye will be turned. Never mind the fact that the person driving the untaxed vehicle will have invalidated their insurance by driving a vehicle which ought not to be on the road. Never mind the fact that this will simply encourage more people to take the next step and pay no motor insurance. Never mind the fact that other, law-abiding, road-users are put at risk. The offence will simply be ignored. That suggests we are living in a state of lawlessness.





We must not blame the economy for this state of affairs. It is the fruit of a godless society which fails to teach the difference between right and wrong. Those standards are found in the Bible, which is God’s Word. When there was a greater respect for God’s Word, society was safer and more law-abiding. We are living in the last days. Christ is coming again. Individually we must repent of our sin and place our trust in the One who died for sinners upon the cross. It is only by surrendering our lives to Christ and living in obedience to God’s Word that society will improve.