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That would never happen in the UK.

Old May 14th 2012, 9:12 am
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Default Re: That would never happen in the UK.

Originally Posted by chris955 View Post
Exactly, ALL I am saying is that it happens and is a big problem, to assume otherwise is like sticking your fingers in your ears and saying LALALA, I cant hear you.
Totally in agreement
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by ukecadet View Post
My ute has a tray and I've had stuff knocked off out of the back of it.It's happened to my friends as well.Whenever I'm getting stuff from Bunnings or the like,anything of value goes in the cab.Next time your at Bunnings have a look and you'll see people checking out the backs of utes to see what they can pinch.
I can well believe it, let's not forget most Aussies are descended from thieves. Stealing is in their blood.

I'm in a cul-de sac now but before I was renting a "front row" house in Ocean Reef. You never left the roller door open or passers by would just walk in and help themselves. Even the garden hose, you couldn't leave that in view or it would get pinched.
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:20 am
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I can well believe it, let's not forget most Aussies are descended from thieves. Stealing is in their blood.
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by chris955 View Post
When we had a near riot outside our house in Brisbane following a party gone wrong I asked a cop mate what happened regarding charges etc and he could find no mention of it even though 2 cars attended and there was a stabbing.
Sounds like your life over here was fraught with danger.

How did you make it out of the country in one piece? Evacuated from the embassy?
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
Yes, even in the UK the figures are classed as reported crimes, the true number may be much higher, and the same will apply to all other countries, it really depends what people think is 'not worth reporting'.
people have been complaining about it for years...I think pace 1984 attempted to address it....part of it...I forget
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:45 am
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Not at all, it was the one and only incident of real concern in our time there. No need to blow it out of proportion

Originally Posted by asprilla View Post
Sounds like your life over here was fraught with danger.

How did you make it out of the country in one piece? Evacuated from the embassy?
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Old May 14th 2012, 9:48 am
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I can well believe it, let's not forget most Aussies are descended from thieves. Stealing is in their blood
That's Aussie Royalty! You really hit the jackpot if you find a bushranger in your famiy tree. I loved that Simpsons in Australia episode where every time Marge turned her back the locals would start creeping up behind her to nick her wallet. Wish I could find a YouTube clip
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
Yes, even in the UK the figures are classed as reported crimes, the true number may be much higher, and the same will apply to all other countries, it really depends what people think is 'not worth reporting'.
When I worked for the UK police it was quite easy to change the crime figures. All reported crimes had to be categorised, but you could alter the type of crime depending on what the focus of the month was. For example, if there was a push from on high (government level) to reduce the number of "thefts from motor vehicles" then a lot of things stolen from cars were suddenly just listed as "theft" with no mention of the vehicle. If there was a push to show that it was safe for visitors to walk the streets at night then anyone mugged and giving a hotel address was a local - cos they had a local address.
And thats just the reported ones - what about the people who are victims of a crime but never bother reporting it, for a myriad of reasons - not least the fact that in some cases they could be persuaded not to report a minor incident as a crime - thus unwittingly helping the figures to be swayed one way or the other.

Crime figures can be so easily manipulated that they really aren't much of a guide at all and thats why I generally take them with a pinch of salt.
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Originally Posted by chris955 View Post
When we had a near riot outside our house in Brisbane following a party gone wrong I asked a cop mate what happened regarding charges etc and he could find no mention of it even though 2 cars attended and there was a stabbing.
Thats called confidentiality
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Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
When I worked for the UK police it was quite easy to change the crime figures. All reported crimes had to be categorised, but you could alter the type of crime depending on what the focus of the month was. For example, if there was a push from on high (government level) to reduce the number of "thefts from motor vehicles" then a lot of things stolen from cars were suddenly just listed as "theft" with no mention of the vehicle. If there was a push to show that it was safe for visitors to walk the streets at night then anyone mugged and giving a hotel address was a local - cos they had a local address.
And thats just the reported ones - what about the people who are victims of a crime but never bother reporting it, for a myriad of reasons - not least the fact that in some cases they could be persuaded not to report a minor incident as a crime - thus unwittingly helping the figures to be swayed one way or the other.

Crime figures can be so easily manipulated that they really aren't much of a guide at all and thats why I generally take them with a pinch of salt.
the missing piece - that was it - it's the fact that the cops choose how to report that is an issue.
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Old May 14th 2012, 12:37 pm
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LOL, no, we are good friends he would have told me if it had been logged as an incident which it wasn't.

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Old May 14th 2012, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by renth View Post
I can well believe it, let's not forget most Aussies are descended from thieves. Stealing is in their blood.

I'm in a cul-de sac now but before I was renting a "front row" house in Ocean Reef. You never left the roller door open or passers by would just walk in and help themselves. Even the garden hose, you couldn't leave that in view or it would get pinched.
We have had 2 incidents of theft where I live both of which were really my own fault. I left the car unlocked on the drive and CDs and a couple of other bits were taken and I left the garage door open over night and daughters bike was stolen. We live in a crescent off the main drag in our suburb so not a thoroughfare. It's one of those things that happens the world over. In the UK we had a burglary, car theft and I was mugged. No different really .
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Originally Posted by ProudVIC View Post
Our phone line is underground as is most of the street, they came around with machinery and dug up the entire nature strip in the process, this was a couple of years ago. The grass still hasn't grown back 100%.

If ours was done then I'm sure heaps of other places have been done, especially in urban areas. I think they do it if you are having specific problems with the phone line, basically if it needs replacing it is put underground these days.

Also underground electrical lines in some roads in the area that are in tall forest as a bushfire prevention measure.
Here in Canberra even the trees make way for overhead cables
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Old May 16th 2012, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by paulry View Post
Indeed! But you aint seen nuthin yet, the Scots will be along shortly...

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Haha! Looks like this thread has gained a lot of laughs since the last time I posted. So where are the Scots?
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Default Re: That would never happen in the UK.

Originally Posted by chris955 View Post
I think you will find the quirks and twists of the English are much the same as other nationalities, thankfully.
Hey Chris955! Yes I agree with you. Everyone has quirks. Don't get me started with ozzies.
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