On the face of it, news that Northamptonshire Police only fully investigates about 70 per cent of reported crime is something we should all be concerned about.
If my house or shed was broken into, a member of my family a victim of some kind of criminal damage or anti-social behaviour then I would want a full investigation and the offenders caught.
I am sure everyone else feels the same.
Yet, there is part of me that has some sympathy for the police’s position.
I don’t want to be seen as an apologist, but there are always going to be crimes, most of them relatively minor, that the police have next to no chance of solving.
That such crimes are not investigated to the fullest extent is a reflection on staffing and funding levels faced by Northamptonshire Police in this day and age.
As the county’s head of crime and justice Paul Phillips says, sometimes there are no witnesses, no CCTV, no forensic evidence and no opportunity for further investigation.
Victims of crime should be able to expect the best possible service from law enforcers and the criminal justice system, but perhaps we have to adjust our expectations given the limits within which we now work.
That said, if I am a victim of crime I will be pushing for a full investigation and full punishment for anyone caught and convicted.
Neil Pickford, Editor