People whose properties are an easy target could be woken in the middle of the night by police who are promising to try windows and doors in a bid to cut break-ins.

Code-named Operation Golden, householders in Cheshire who fall foul of their checks will be roused with a lecture from officers on what they could have lost. Insp Gareth Woods, heading up the operation which begins in Macclesfield, admits some people will not be happy about the early hours wake-up calls.

He said: “If we’re told to get lost then that’s a risk we take. It’s a difficult balance to strike. The bottom line is officers get a mixed reception when doing anything like this, but I say to any of my officers that if they see an insecure car or house to let the owner know, no matter what time of day or night. “Most reasonable people will say thanks for letting them know and be grateful.”

Chief Insp Peter Crowcroft said: “There are burglars who specialise in sneak-ins. They walk around streets, nipping in and out of gardens and trying doors. “Most of them don’t care if anyone is in the house. Even if the family is in the next room watching TV, the criminal will walk in, grab a bag, purse or some other item of value and be out again in seconds. “Operation Golden is about raising the profile of security at home and keeping people safe.”

Uh, don’t they call this trespassing? Warning….DO NOT try this in the US!




  1. bac says:

    Please do try this in the USA. It could lead to a new reality show. Just imagine Seagal checking a home owner’s windows late at night only to be confronted with a shotgun.

    They could call the show ‘Who is more surprised?”

  2. Steve S says:

    “DO NOT try this in the US!”
    Got that right! The only people that would benefit from this if attempted in the USA would be the lawyers.
    Lawyers for the police officers (and their families) for the officers that would get shot.
    Lawyers for the homeowner who would be needed to defend their client for shooting a police officer.
    Lawyers for the homeowners family who were suing the officers for shooting their family member when the officer returned fire.
    Lawyers for the nearby homeowners who were caught in the crossfire.
    Lawyers ,Lawyers, Lawyers.
    .
    Life lesson #323. Cockroaches and Lawyers always do well and any situation.

  3. aRtFrEeK101 says:

    Exactly.
    Not to mention the psychological affect on all of the kids they’re about to frighten for the rest of their lives.

  4. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    “Cops to Simulate Burglaries in the Middle of the Night……To Increase Public Awareness”

    I’ve been aware of asshole cops for a while now.

  5. Benjamin says:

    Sounds like a good way to get shot. And they better identify themselves quickly if they don’t want shot or to have their leg eaten off by a dog.

  6. noname says:

    What I like is their forced reasoning

    “Most reasonable people will say thanks for letting them know and be grateful.”

    You people are either, 1.) not reasonable, 2.) not people, 3.) not like most people.

    So, the police are the countries authority (read people are not the countries authority); and, they assert if you are not grateful, you are either 1, 2 or 3; which one, are you??

  7. Private Citizen says:

    The United Kingdom – Orwellian beta test.

  8. Ah_Yea says:

    Here in the US, the police need to show “Probable Cause” to go onto your property.

    Once there, if they see anything “Suspicious”, they can do an entire property search. If they find anything else “Suspicious”, you’re in jail.

    So here we have a bunch of cops who can enter on your property, open your doors, rattle your windows, and cause whatever mischief they like for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

    And if they find anything “Suspicious”, so much the better!

  9. John E. Quantum says:

    #5 Benjamin

    “…or to have their leg eaten off by a dog.”

    In my part of the country, the police shoot the dogs first, then ascertain the situation.

  10. Benjamin says:

    #9, They are simulating burglars not storm troopers

    #9 said, “In my part of the country, the police shoot the dogs first, then ascertain the situation.”

  11. Breetai says:

    “DO NOT try this in the US!”

    What are you talking about slave? This is the United States you and everything you own are the property of the US Government. And of course the banks have made it clear that they own the US government.

  12. t0llyb0ng says:

    Try that down here in remote, rural southeast Kansas & get a chestful o’ buckshot.

    “What could possibly go wrong?”

  13. deowll says:

    Nuts.

  14. Special Ed says:

    That wouldn’t be a simulated cap I pop in their ass.

  15. Kingcodez says:

    Ideally, I think they’d simply rattle the windows, turn some knobs, and be on their way. If it did open, I highly doubt they’d be allowed to do anything but shut the window and then go ring the bell.

    Anything they saw would fall under unlawful search right? They had no warrant, they shouldn’t have even looked. I’m sure if they even shown a flashlight in the house that would be a violation. (In principal)

    But you can’t really go about assuming the worst, until you see what comes of the first trials of SimBurgularies. If there’s fatalities they’ll obviously stop. It sounds like an excuse to go ‘lab huntin.

  16. TooManyPuppies says:

    They’ve already done this in some parts of the US.

    “Most reasonable people will say thanks for letting them know and be grateful.” Tell that to the dead officer’s you’ll be putting in the ground.

  17. Fauge says:

    If someone opens my bedroom window in the middle of the night at best they would have a face full of dog teeth and at worst there would be a headless twitching body laying in my yard.
    If I feel my family is in danger I will shoot first.

  18. RSweeney says:

    Is there something in the water that making Brits into idiots?

    Hard to believe these children are descended from the same people who colonized the world.

  19. Serious says:

    I hope they enter wearing full cop uniform and switch on all the lights – else it can turn into one bloody mess (literally). Even taking those precautions, don’t be surprised if someone with a rifle blows your head off thinking your faking being a cop.

  20. Ward William says:

    Just wait till some rampant NRA member blows a hole in some poor cops chest with a large caliber rifle in the middle of the night. Only a true dumb ass cop would volunteer for that assignment.


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