Note this story in the Mail today:
"Many a miffed driver has received a fine in the post after being photographed breaking the speed limit. But one motorist has taken his dislike of speed cameras to the extreme by attaching a bomb to one in the dead of night and blowing it to pieces.
Police were today hunting the person who blew up a yellow roadside camera, leaving parts strewn across a road in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Residents living along the Bishopstoke Road were woken up by the sound of an explosion in the early hours of Christmas Eve."
Now, the police could have issued a statement just saying they were looking into it etc etc, and not make a massive deal out of it. Instead, we get this Armageddon-laced nonsense:
"This is totally irresponsible behaviour by whoever committed this offence. There could have been a potential risk to passers-by although this was minimised by the time of the incident.
There was a risk to the nearby petrol station and the attack could have had serious consequences."
You hear that, risk to passers-by, serious consequences - some pretty serious stuff, I think you'll agree. Except this particular incident is the epitome of not serious; the very definition of a victimless and, dare I say it, popular criminal act. What annoys people is seeing the police act in this over the top and fear-mongering way because they really, really want to stop people blowing up speed cameras; and then how casual and indifferent they appear to be when your TV gets nicked or an elderly relative gets mugged. In those cases, you get an incident number, a police visit is a rare thing, and you're just supposed to accept you've been bested by some oik in an Tesco tracksuit. What you need to do is point out that the stolen TV is likely being sold to pay for drugs, which funds poppy production in Afghanistan, which then funds terrorists. Then the police might do something about it, though history suggests they'll just arrest more tourists taking photos of bus stops and Starbucks shops...