In my case, the Met’s near complete failure to investigate anything (or even communicate most of the time) kinda forced my hand into investigation mode, I like a challenge. Fast forward six months and it was only the success of the blog and then involvement of the media that forced theirs, eventually leading to a proper investigation by a cop who could actually be bothered.
I’m as certain as I can be that I was spiked, I was then robbed of my laptop and credit card, left unconscious in the street all night and defrauded of over £7,000 the next day. Great time otherwise, tho.
I reported the crime but never met the original investigating officer, despite many attempts. I was offered no victim support of any kind. I told the cops I had tracking software so I knew exactly where my laptop was and that I could see my screen, webcam and other data, but apparently they couldn’t do anything without an address. So to get an address, I gave them email addresses, eBay accounts, phone numbers, car reg plates, ISPs, suspected close family addresses but I was told none of it was any use. There were no CCTV hits at ten or twelve card locations my card was used at and nobody checked any receipts until I did, before joining the dots up quite easily.
But of course it was all circumstantial anyway that Plumpy was selling identical brands of cheap, designer gear on eBay as was bought on my card, so the 6,000+ photos and screenshots I have now are mostly inadmissible anyway. And who knows what’s happening about the torrent of gay and racially motivated hate crime I was subjected to this time last year after introducing Plumps to the business end of a TV camera…
“HMIC finds this expectation by these forces that the victim should investigate his own crime both surprising and a matter of material concern.”
Danny Shaw, BBC home affairs correspondent:
"This is a devastating report for the police because it appears to confirm what many of us have experienced over the years - that there are some crimes police simply don’t attempt to investigate.
The report’s authors aren’t saying officers should be sent to every report of a stolen car stereo or broken window (though six forces do). They accept some cases take priority and others don’t require police to attend.
But they’re deeply concerned about a drift towards ignoring vast categories of offences which, if tackled, could lead to the identification of the perpetrators, with money and time saved later on.”
No shit, Sherlock…