Woman Retrieves Her Dad’s Stolen Car Herself After Police Let Them Down
A woman let down by police after her 73-year-old dad’s Jaguar was stolen went and got it back herself, amid watchdog report theft victims are being let down.
Harry Harrington, 73, had his car stolen from his driveway in Bournemouth overnight.
His daughter Becky, 32, claims police were “pretty slack” when they reported the theft, so she flooded social media with appeals to track it down.
Thanks to her sleuthing, she found the car herself abandoned with one of its doors left wide open by some CCTV cameras.
But she claims when she asked when they were going to check the CCTV they replied to say “if we have the manpower”.
Earlier this week, a police watchdog report said most victims of burglary, robbery and theft in England and Wales are not being given the justice they deserve.
Her majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary, Andy Cooke, said current low charge rates were “unacceptable and unsustainable”.
Harrington’s daughter said: “I just wanted to do something about it. Luckily we did.
“With all due respect if we were waiting for the police my dad would still be sat at home with no car.”
Harrington’s Jaguar XF estate was stolen between 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and 6 a.m. the following day.
Unsatisfied with the police response, she took to social media and her post was shared over 200 times on one for-sale page and she said it ended up in up 50 groups .
Luckily, she found the car abandoned with one of its doors left wide open by some CCTV cameras.
She said she was ‘buzzing’ and added: “I was ecstatic for my dad.
“He is 73 years old, he is not the biggest of blokes – I am not going to watch my dad struggling.”
Once the car was checked and made sure it was safe to drive, she told her dad to “get in the motor and get it back”.
After her heroic efforts, the 32-year-old applied to the Open University to study criminology and law.
She said that the response from Dorset Police was ‘shocking’ and said: “We didn’t hear from them really, pretty slack.
“I contacted them to let them know the car had been found and asked when they were going to check the CCTV and they replied with ‘if we have the manpower’.
“It took them over a week and a half for them to check the CCTV of where the car was found.”
Now the CCTV has been checked and sent to other forces to see if they can find the driver on their databases.
In a statement, Dorset Police said: “Dorset Police received a report relating to the theft of a motor vehicle from outside an address in Bournemouth between 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
“Local officers made a number of attempts to visit the victim and consequently made contact with the victim’s daughter, who then updated the police that the vehicle had been recovered.
“As part of the ongoing investigation, officers carried out house-to-house inquiries in the vicinity of where the vehicle was located and have successfully obtained significant evidence. Inquiries to identify the offenders are continuing and we are currently exploring further lines of inquiry available to us.”
Harrington’s daughter said: “At the end of the day my dad is only driving in his car down to our manpower.”
A recent report, released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said that the police are not doing all they can to help victims when they report crimes.
The report highlighted that in 71 percent of burglary reports examined, the police personnel did not give victims any advice on crime-scene preservation during the initial call.
Also highlighting that investigations are not being appropriately or thoroughly supervised, with a third of cases examined having insufficient evidence of proper supervision.
Reacting to the figures, the daughter said: “It doesn’t shock me, with the communication and incompetence we have experienced with the police, no wonder the statistics are like that – people need to get their heads out of the sand.”
Produced in association with SWNS.