Backlash After UK Police Tweet Pics of Themselves in Unlocked Homes
Taken aback by the negative response to their “#stoleninseconds” campaign, the Coventry police took to social media to defend their conduct. After saying it would take feedback into account, the department stood by it's actions, claiming no residents complained about the pictures and that in fact many were grateful for it, as if one person being okay with police breaking and entering their home means it's okay for everyone.
“In a statement, Coventry Police Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman, said: ‘A significant proportion all burglaries in this area − in excess of 25 per cent − are ‘walk-in’ offences committed by opportunists taking advantage of properties left unsecure.Neighbourhood police teams have been on patrol to deter such offences, look for suspects, and to offer crime prevention advice to residents. If they find a door or window left open I think people would want officers to check everything is OK at that address and not to just walk on by.
We have had very positive feedback from residents…they are grateful for officers pointing out what they’ve found and the advice they’re offered.
We encourage our police teams to be proactive and creative in their use of social media to engage with the public and get messages across. We haven’t received any complaints from residents but obviously we will take on board social media comments.'”