While violent crime is on the rise in Britain, the police have decided to throw in the towel and give up on arresting and punishing most criminals. Under new guidelines issued to police by the Home Office, crimes which do not result in personal injury or death should now be dealt with not by arrest and punishment, but with the issuance of a ‘caution,’ a criminal citation only slightly worse than a traffic ticket.
While a ‘caution’ does give the recipient a criminal record, he is not required to go before a judge or a jury, and receives neither fine nor prison sentence for his crime. Essentially, by pleading guilty he is let off with a warning and no punishment at all. Under this new rule cautions will be issued for drug possession or sale, sex with a minor, arson, burglary, assault, mugging, auto theft, and a variety of other crimes which had previously been considered jailable offenses.
This new policy has apparently been developed as a result of excessive demand on the courts and prison overcrowding. Concern over these problems has already led to the controversial release of many violent criminals from prison after serving only a fraction of their sentence, including rapists and killers given life sentences released in as little as 15 months.
Under the new Home Office rules you would basically have to kill someone or cause them serious bodily injury to go to prison. Of course, just to own a gun for home defense is still a serious crime, but with gun violence up more than any other single form of crime, no measures are being considered to allow citizens to defend themselves and their property, despite desperate cries for firearm legalization from threatened citizens.
The Home Office has previously tried to conceal the growing crime problem in Britain, which is admittedly still not on the same scale as the dramatic rise in crime in other parts of Europe. They have switched from reporting actual crimes to tracking crime based on surveys of the public, leading to confusion and distortion of crime trends over the last decade. This has created a deceptive impression that crime is stable, when certain types of crime which are no longer being tracked as closely are rising substantially, including all forms of property crime.
The new crime protocols are clearly intended to try to free the courts to deal with violent crime, which makes a certain amount of sense. Yet they do not take into consideration the fact that property crimes, such as burglary of homes and vehicles and robbery of individuals, often involve the threat of violence and can turn into violent incidents very easily. Under these new rules there is virtually nothing to discourage a career criminal from breaking into your home and taking your property or stopping you on the street and taking your wallet — threatening you or even assaulting you if you don’t cooperate.
Thanks to the Bureaucrats of the Home Office, Britons — who were already disarmed and at the mercy of criminals — can no longer even look to the justice system for any kind of protection. Britain has been made a nation of victims through the weakness and of their own government.