Tuesday 22 September 2009 5.15pm
Good to hear from another victim - if that doesn't sound right then I apologise.
The attitude of the police was generally appalling although I did speak to one police officer who was understanding although there was little to do. The police wanted me to take the car to the back of Camberwell police station at 8am on Monday morning - I mean do they not realise that people go to work! However, when I spoke to her I thought I was the only victim.
When I put the car in Fair Street
and discovered everyone else's cars had suffered a similiar fate, I called back and the attitude of the woman I spoke to was shocking; in other words, the police have better things to do than investigate petty crime and it was wholly unreasonable of me to expect someone to attempt to take fingerprints and basically said it was my word against whoever's that it had happened! She then attempted to give me some sort of lesson in gathering criminal evidence!
I then told her that I work in the law (although, admittedly, not criminal law) and so know about evidential requirements. Her whole tone then changed and she said she would get the officer dealing with the case to get in touch with me - I am still waiting!
I don't know about you, but Renault wanted £130 for two mirror glasses - I've eventually got them for £50 but if you do the maths on even £50 and then times that by, say, 25 cars (my estimation of the vehicles affected), that is still a mega sum and yet, despite the council tax we pay, we can't summons the police (I say council tax because it is this that supposedly for the police, not income or other tax).
Whoever did it though is brazen because my car was actually on Tooley Street
because Fair Street
was jam packed with (non residents') cars and i couldn't park there, yet he still stole mine too.
BTW (and sorry to ramble on) I spoke to a guy who parked his car at midnight and, despite having electric mirrors, he escaped and so I am assuming that the culprit had been and gone by midnight?
What a nightmare though, eh - let's hope it's a one-off although your wing mirror being smashed a few months ago isn't exactly inspiring. I mean, I can appreciate being hard up, but stealing a wing mirror is surely very low?