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Postby Cap » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:12 pm

Don’t put wire on your windows – it might hurt burglars! Villagers outraged after police order them not to protect garden sheds

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:15 AM on 13th February 2011

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Residents in Surrey and Kent villages have been ordered by police to remove wire mesh from their windows as burglars could be injured.

Home owners in the villages of Tandridge and Tatsfield in Surrey and in Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge in Kent have said they are furious that they are being branded 'criminals' for protecting their property.

Locals had reinforced their windows with wire mesh after a series of shed thefts but were told by community police officers that the wire was 'dangerous' and could lead to criminals claiming compensation if they 'hurt themselves'.
'Dangerous': Police have told villagers that wire mesh protecting their windows could hurt burglars and lead to lawsuits

'Dangerous': Police have told villagers that wire mesh protecting their windows could hurt burglars and lead to lawsuits

Surrey Police have defended the move but outraged residents have attacked the force for seemingly trying to protect criminals.

Thomas Cooper, of Tatsfield, Surrey, said he put the mesh around three of his garden sheds after two break-ins over the past four years.

He said he decided to take action after reports of a rise in shed burglaries in the area near the Kent and Surrey border.

'I have three sheds and had two break-ins in the past four years,' Mr Cooper explained.

'I reinforced my shed windows with wire mesh, but was told by the police I had to be very careful because thieves can actually sue you if they get hurt.

'"I mean, what are you meant to do? Let them take your stuff? It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it.'

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Last month mother-of-three Samantha Cullum had her entire shed pinched in the village of Brasted, near Sevenoaks in Kent, when thieves simply lifted it onto a truck in the dead of night.

'We had some tools stolen every now and again, but this time they took the entire shed - I couldn't believe it.'

Tatsfield homeowner Dave Bishop labelled the police advice 'unbelievable' and said people should be allowed to protect their property.
Breaking and entry: Police warned criminals could sue if they sustain injuries while attempting burglary

Breaking and entry: Police warned criminals could sue if they sustain injuries while attempting burglary

Crime reduction officer for Tandridge PC John Lee commented: 'We are constantly advising homeowners to protect their property and the contents of their shed or garage, however, a commonsense approach needs to be taken.

'To properly secure your sheds, Surrey Police strongly advises people to invest in items such as good-quality locks and bolts, and not to resort to homemade devices, as this could cause injury.'

A police source added: 'Homemade devices can cause injury and there have been cases where criminals have sued for injuries they have suffered while committing a criminal act.

'We are advising people to do whatever they can to protect their property, but wire mesh is not one of the suggestions we would make.'

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Postby CBBB » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:52 pm

Posted in the correct section, this is obviously a joke!

Leave the chicken wire out of this, shoot the bastards!
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Postby humanist » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:52 pm

I think the judiciary need to re-look at the society they are building.

No oe should have the friging right to enter your property without your consent and if you cut yourself in an attempt to break into someone's shed then the police should sprinkle salt on the friging wound. Do Not Pass Go Do Not Collect $200 and stay in gaol for three rounds. lol
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Postby Filitsa » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:50 am

So they can sue. Anyone can file suit. It doesn't necessarily mean they have grounds, and even if they do, it doesn't mean they'll win.
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Postby Smiler Brian » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:43 pm

Filitsa wrote:So they can sue. Anyone can file suit. It doesn't necessarily mean they have grounds, and even if they do, it doesn't mean they'll win.


You forget the mentality of our court system. 'yuman rights trumps common sense.
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Postby skyvet » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Kind of reminds me of a story I heard - probably "made up", but a story that goves a glow of satisfaction anyway!

A man called police via the 999 system to report burglars in the process of breaking into his garden shed. He was advised by the 999 operator that there were no units available to attend, and that he should not try to be a hero, but should instead allow them to take whatever they wanted.

Disgusted at this lack of interest from the police, he waited a few minutes before calling 999 again, and identified himself as the earlier caller. He told police that he'd resolved the situation by shooting the burglars, and that his property was now safe.

Within a couple of minutes several police cars and dog units screeched to a halt outside his property, and questioned the man as to where the "shot" burglars were located. He told police that the burglars hadn't in fact been shot, and were still in the act of stealing his goods from the shed. The police angrily asked the man why he had told them he had shot the burglars when it obviously wasn't true, to which the man replied "why did you tell me you had no units available when it obviously wasn't true"!

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Postby Paphitis » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:39 pm

I am a very firm believer of relaxed gun laws. I hated how gun laws were changed in Australia by the previous Government just because a lunatic went on a shooting rampage.

I am in favour of the US system!
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Postby Cap » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:23 pm

skyvet wrote:Kind of reminds me of a story I heard - probably "made up", but a story that goves a glow of satisfaction anyway!

A man called police via the 999 system to report burglars in the process of breaking into his garden shed. He was advised by the 999 operator that there were no units available to attend, and that he should not try to be a hero, but should instead allow them to take whatever they wanted.

Disgusted at this lack of interest from the police, he waited a few minutes before calling 999 again, and identified himself as the earlier caller. He told police that he'd resolved the situation by shooting the burglars, and that his property was now safe.

Within a couple of minutes several police cars and dog units screeched to a halt outside his property, and questioned the man as to where the "shot" burglars were located. He told police that the burglars hadn't in fact been shot, and were still in the act of stealing his goods from the shed. The police angrily asked the man why he had told them he had shot the burglars when it obviously wasn't true, to which the man replied "why did you tell me you had no units available when it obviously wasn't true"!

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It PAYS to be a criminal.
In South Africa crime is the national pass time.
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Postby merrytraveller » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:06 pm

All of those 'do-gooder' lawyers in the European Court of Human Rights will be rubbing their hands with glee. It is the prospect of some low-life suing respectable people that keeps them in their jobs.
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Postby Marz » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:45 am

Iagree why did they take away Semi-Auto rifles and shotguns especially?
They can be obtained illegally anyway.
And the Lunatic MArtin Bryant had a history of mental problems and police still let have have a gun anyway, its their fault.
Still hasnt solved gun violence anyway, theres more violence in the streets with other weapons these days. People stabbing and glassing eachother every day leads to more deaths than with guns.
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