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“Inspectors have outlined their concerns over a growing trend for victims of crime to be asked to carry out their own DIY investigations after having their car stolen or property damaged. Householders are being asked by police to look out for potential fingerprint evidence, check for witnesses and look on second-hand websites for stolen property, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). It found that 37 of the 43 forces in England and Wales dealt with some cases over the telephone and closed some without the victim ever meeting a police officer. Seventeen of the forces failed to recognise vulnerable victims, the report found. HMIC said it was particularly concerned about desk-based investigations which in some cases amounted to little more than recording a crime without taking further action. The watchdog warned that some offences, such as criminal damage or stolen vehicles, are on the verge of being decriminalised by police forces which had given up investigating them.” Read more from The Independent here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-ask-victims-to-do-diy-investigations-of-some-crimes-9709828.html Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) and Ana Kasparian (http://www.twitter.com/anakasparian) of The Young Turks discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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