Posts tagged police
Police in Kent have come under fire following their controversial scheme to stop car crime. Officers have been placing “fake” parking tickets on cars with visible valuables left inside the vehicle. When opened, the parking ticket actually advises the driver to be more aware next time they leave personal items on show in their car.
Locals have complained that this actually attracts criminals to the car, despite the official figures indicating a 20% drop in car crime since the scheme went live.
So is this a good or bad idea? I am of the opinion it’s just another visual aid directing criminals to the Sat Nav left on a car seat!
We should all take more care when leaving the car, I always find myself moaning at friends and family when they leave bags and coats on show… the usual reply is “no-one will steal that”! It is better to be safe than sorry… but do we really need a huge yellow sticker on the windscreen advertising our stupidity?
Undercover police in Miami had the easiest bust in their lives when they were offered a ride in a heavily modified stretch limousine bus cruising through South Beach. Their $40 ‘fare’ got them on board a mobile brothel, where another sort of ride cost somewhat more.
So if anyone’s interested in acquiring a modified stretch bus, the Florida police have one available at a knock down rate, and if you need to insure it, make sure get a specialist modified car insurance quote.
Clearly Brunstrom’s crew at the North Wales police have decided that if you can’t beat them, you may as well join them, and have kitted out a police van with thousands of pounds worth of plod mods.
They reckon if they turn up at cruise events in their modified Ford Transit (resplendent in classic Martini race colours and recently retired from camera duty) they can talk to the participants about road safety. Presumably once the laughter has died down.
Predictably, many people are mocking the police for this, but I think they deserve some credit.
OK, so it’s about as cool as your dad coming out clubbing with you, but at least they’re making an effort to engage with a culture that most police forces don’t even try to understand, much less care about.
The bottom line is, that if a single life is saved, the effort will have been worth it, and by running a modified motor themselves, they might even learn a thing or two.
If any plumbers out there feel inspired enough to kit out their transit van, you know where to come for modified van insurance.
Our old “friend” and speed camera enthusiast, the so called “mad mullah of the traffic Taliban” Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom (see previous posts “speed kills?” & plodcasting), has been up to his publicity tricks again. Not long after parading photos of a headless biker in front of the assembled press corps, he has now had himself tasered – supposedly to show the benefits of giving every policeman a taser.
Never mind that. For many people caught by Brunstrom’s cameras over the years, the chance to see him writhing in agony after being zapped with 50,000 volts is too good to miss.
So here you are:
(more on Brunstrom’s blog)
Many people have been caught out by the recent flooding around the country. But what should you do if you get stranded in your car in the rising water.
Well, I guess most people would suggest you call the police. After all, they’ll know what to do.
On second thoughts, better leave it.
If on the other hand, your home is in an area at risk of flooding, you could do worse than get your flood risk home insurance from Adrian Flux – we can arrange cover when other companies run for the hills. Call us on 08080 77 22 66.