A man goes into a police station and tells the receptionist: "I have just killed two people". He's told not to queue jump and wait his turn. That's what happened to the man who turned himself in yesterday for the killing of the two French students in New Cross. He then waited for several minutes in the reception area of the Police Station until someone would see him. At any time he could have changed his mind and walked out of the Police Station.
No doubt the policeman on reception was too busy filling in a diversity awareness form to be bothered by a self confessed murderer. Is it any wonder that people are increasingly wondering what the Police are there for? They refuse to investigate car crime, their attitude to house burglary is generally laughable but if you defend yourself against an attack it's you who is liable to be arrested.
Yes, cases of recorded crime are falling. I have no doubt at all that it is in large part due to the fact that people just don't bother to report many crimes any more. Too many people just don't see the point.
Last night on BBC South East News the lead story was of a group of people whose houses had been repeatedly burgled, yet the Police refused to even visit the crime scene initially. It was only when the media got involved that they did so - four days later. As the reporter said at the end of his report: "People are asking, if the Police won't investigate burglary, what is the point of them?" Indeed.