Police in Exeter have a curious way of encouraging people to lock their doors — they burglarize the homes. The Exeter police have been going into unlocked homes and putting valuables in “swag bags” and leaving them with crime prevention information as a lesson to the home owners.
This may be a bit confusing for those who spend time in Bristol where police are asking citizens not to lock their sheds to make burglaries easier and less destructive, here.
Police in Exeter are committing trespass but appear to disregard such legal necessities in entering homes without permission for some instructive home invasion.
Police say that they used to rattle unlock doors and windows to try to get citizens to be more careful, but decided that they need to ramp up the lesson plan.
It is unclear what they will do when they encounter a home owner who mistakingly attacks the officers under the belief that they are burglars. Of course, in Hertfordshire police issued a warning to a mother for waving a knife at a possible home invader, here.
This completes the parallel universe that is now England where police invade homes and home owners are told to keep sheds unlocked for burglars and not to threaten possible rapists.
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