There's a saying "Crime doesn't pay". well it does if you're the police.
The 999 service has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of calls it has received and so, to combat this, a new service for minor emergencies will be introduced.
Good idea, eh? Well it would be if it wasn't a New Labour idea. But it is which means its going to cost lots of money and bugger up the existing service we have.
Not only will it cost vast sums of money to set up and run but it will also cost 10p to call the number. The type of calls that the 999 service will no longer handle include reports of drug dealing (including to children), harassment (including people in your face shouting and threatening you at the time) and vandalism (including graffiti and criminal damage). If you want to report one of these minor emergencies then you will have to pay for the privilege.
Now I can see a major problem with this because it's something I've encountered. I hardly use my mobile phone so the tariff I have is a cross between a pay as you go and contract tariff. I get 15 minutes of inclusive calls a month to land lines and mobile numbers. If I want to call any other number then I have to have pre-paid credit on my account like you would with a pay as you go phone.
So what do I do if I see some kids smashing the windows of pensioners bungalows or a drug dealer selling heroin to a 10 year old kid? I call the new 101 number right? Wrong. I never have any credit on my phone because I hardly ever use it and if I phone 999 they won't deal with it because it's a "minor" emergency.
I know, I could use a phone box. All I've got to do is find one and then put 10p in the ... oh dear, I very rarely carry cash because all I spend money on is petrol and I use my card for that. Ok, all is not lost, the drug dealer is still counting the 10 year olds pocket money so I can phone the local number for the police station. Ring ring
. I'm sorry, this number is no longer in use. Please call 0845 ...
Result: crime rate increases, Police and British government complain crime isn't being reported often enough, Sweaty Baboon
brings in a law using the new Enabling Act to make not reporting crime a criminal offence, half a million law abiding English citizens are in prison (the law won't extend to North Britain
or West Britain
of course) and gands of drug dealing vandals roam the streets because the police are too busy picking up the people who didn't report them.
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