Are Police Recording All the Crimes Reported?

Most crimes–that’s right–most crimes are never reported. This is the major reason crime statistics are skewed to the light side. But there is another reason. The police often don’t record the crimes that are reported to them!

This failure was shown recently in the United Kingdom where a study by the police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, says almost a million crimes a year are disappearing from official figures. The Telegraph says the report exposes “indefensible” failures by forces to record crime accurately, and said that in some areas up to a third of crimes are being struck out of official records.

In all, the report estimated 800,000 crimes reported by the public every year are wiped out of official figures.

Overall, almost a fifth of crimes failed to appear in the figures for England and Wales, the inspectorate concluded, but in some forces the proportion was as high as a third. Overall, police failed to record a quarter of rapes and a third of violent crimes across England and Wales.

The reason for the failure in Britain is clear cut: the police fudge the numbers in order to make their statistics look better; fewer crimes, more prosecutions.

This is a common problem everywhere because, in most cases, the police are in a conflict of interest. They’re acting as supervisors of their own work. Human nature being what it is, they want to look good when they report to their political masters.

The politicians also want to look good so when the police hand them statistics showing what a good job the police are doing, they’re happy to hand this on to the public. In the end everyone looks good but crime continues apace.

All this matters to you the home owner because what it means is that there are more home invasions than are being reported. More in your city, more in your neighbourhood. More than you realize.

This is one reason to buy my book, Home Invasion Prevention (see the add on the right) and study what it recommends. If you follow what it tells you, you won’t be a victim either of a home invasion or biased statistics.

Can you Shoot and Kill a Home Invader?

The short answer is yes you can. The long answer is yes, but you’d better have plenty of evidence that your life, or the life of someone else, was in danger and that the home invader pursued his attack with violence and determination.

I’ve always said it is completely unreasonable to use your body as an evidence exhibit with regards to a violent assault. You shouldn’t have to get beaten up, assaulted or shot in order to convince a prosecutor, or a jury, you were the innocent victim. But how do you do this? If he’s still alive, it often becomes a case of he said, she said.

OK let’s look at the problem from the viewpoint of that prosecutor or that juror. What evidence do you have that the perpetrator was violent and persistent? Often a victim has no evidence because he, or she, failed to lock their door, left a window open, went around a darkened house with a revolver or took a shot at someone running away. None of these actions is going to look good later in court.

What you need to do is to establish an “evidence trail.”

The evidence, remember, is of the perpetrator’s violence and persistence. The key to doing this is to harden the outside of your home with the appropriate locks, security film, security doorstop, etc. (It’s all in my book, Home Invasion Prevention).

The second step is to create an internal barrier. It can be a steel gate or a locked, solid-wood door. The point of doing this, besides giving you time to get your gun out of your gun safe, is to show physical evidence of violence: a smashed lock, a battered gate or internal door. In effect, the perp will be creating the evidence you need to shoot in self defence.

When he does come slamming through that second door, make certain to shoot to kill: twice in the center of mass, once in the head. All the shots should have entry wounds on the attacker’s front.

I’m not saying this is easy to do. The fear and even terror of such an attack can be overwhelming. What I’m saying is that you should game plan an attack and your response to it.

Now back to answering the question in the headline. If a home invader has smashed through a window protected with security film, or a steel door protected by an anti-kick strip and a security doorstop . . . and has then smashed his way past a steel security gate between the living room and the bedrooms; then you almost certainly won’t be prosecuted. It’s an open and shut case of self defence.

If you are prosecuted by some anti-gun (usually female) prosecutor, the jury will almost certainly throw the case out. The Crown will then try resorting to Firearms Act storage regulations; but that’s another story.