Irresponsibility Invites Crime
A Hampshire Police Chief, commenting on similar crimes in the Fareham & Gosport area, has invited unwelcome press attention by pointing out that people who leave their cars unlocked are simply making it easy for the criminals and “encouraging” them.
I think this a sensitive, rather raw, subject because it is, of course, the criminals who are responsible and nobody really wants to accept otherwise.
I am sure some car owners do forget, or even regularly leave cars unlocked.
The problem for the police is that each crime has different circumstances and what might be sound advice in some circumstances does not apply in every circumstance.
There is also a degree of friction that builds up in that people pay taxes and expect crime to be properly dealt with.
The police do have an important role in helping prevent crime from happening in the first place.