Leicestershire Police has been accused of suggesting burglaries should not be investigated if windows were left open or in other preventable cases.
The controversy occurred after assistant chief constable, Phil Kay, told a local newspaper homeowners might “take notice” if they thought police would not investigate.
The Daily Mail re-published the comments with the headline: “Now police blame victims for being burgled”.
But a force spokesman said the comments were taken ‘out of context’. They continued:
“We do, and will continue to, prioritise the investigation of all reports of domestic burglaries received from members of the public in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. There are no plans to change this whatsoever.
In the original interview, Mr Kay was clear that he was posing a hypothetical question, to help generate a debate about how we should highlight the importance of crime prevention and how we ‘nudge’ people to take home security far more seriously and therefore help prevent them becoming a victim of crime.”
Burglary rate in Leicestershire
7,994 burglaries recorded 2015-16
10.5 burglaries per 1,000 households
Leicestershire Police went on to say that they hope as a consequence of this debate, people will be encouraged to think and act differently regarding the security of their homes.