Anyone of that nature who likes to steal other people's hard earned property would see classic cars as a nice easy target. Easy to steal, worth enough to ensure a decent return and the police have zero interest in your activities. You'll not even be actively looked for by the police, let alone prosecuted.
Crime pays when there is zero actual punishment.
However, say something 'unkind' on Twitter and they'll be all over you, with gusto. It's all about statistics. Nailing the thief of someone elses 'niche market' hard work just doesn't tick the boxes.
I don't agree with it either, but due to budget cuts and increased pressures for targets, they'll continue to hit the soft targets like regular motorists.
Insurance payouts don't go towards any sentimental value and the hundreds of hours of hard work. Insurance won't ccover some old gent's car that he's had since new in the 70s that he's taken care of and looked after up until the point where it's taken from him. Or a car that now belongs to the kids of a dad who passed and have memories of that car and their parent. Insurance won't cover that.
Insurance won't cover people being afraid to own or use a certain type of car for fear that some ne'r do wells will have it away before the end of the day if they leave it out somewhere.
A lack of police action has so many knock on effects to all walks of life, but still. Here's your crime reference number. Go claim and leave us alone. We won't be looking for it unless it falls on our laps.
I have a road legal motorcross in my garage, I know full well that if I leave that unattended anywhere for too long it won't be there when I get back. I used to kill the engine at the end of the road and coast down my road so it wasn't obvious where it was kept. My dad and his mates all were followed and most of them had their bikes nicked out of garages. Nothing ever came of that. Usual excuse of, "Oh, it's daytime/nightime/windy/sunny/rainy/snowy/January so there won't be any forensic evidence for us." Pretty defeatist if they haven't even come out and looked.
Nothing ever came of that. Usual excuse of, "Oh, it's daytime/nightime/windy/sunny/rainy/snowy/January so there won't be any forensic evidence for us." Pretty defeatist if they haven't even come out and looked.
I know someone, quite some time ago now and it's only got worse since, who had a nearly new car broken into once, in a public and very concealed car park. The driver window was smashed, radio stolen and when called, the police asked if it could be left overnight, in situ (i.e. in the unlit car park where it had already been targeted) without being touched in any way (as it would damage the 'evidence' ) and that although the forensic team were available they weren't really bothered about criminal damage /theft ...
... needless to say, it was pointed out to them that if it were left there overnight there wouldn't be much, if anything, left to forensically examine come morning and not to bother coming out as it was clearly too much trouble for them to bother. They offered a crime number and were told to **** off as the new window was below the excess and the audio wasn't covered under the policy anyway.
I'm always in support of the police, it's a thankless job and most of them are decent enough guys but that experience really underlined my opinion that 99% of the time (not due to them either) they are about as useful as a chocolate teapot these days.
One of the favourite tricks in certain dodgy communities is to make sure your vehicle is plastered in as many prints and DNA as possible, then even if by some miracle plod do turn up you can't remember who was driving it and the evidence is such you can't pin it on any one individual, to be fair I'm sure plod would like to lock the lot of them up but the courts won't go for that, so plod give up and they get away with everything short of Murder.