First: what is doorstep crime? Here is a leaflet prepared by Thames Valley Police. At the very least, doorstep crime includes distraction burglars and rogue traders. But what else? It seems to me that doorstep crime should also include:
- Mis-selling of financial products
- Junk post that persuades you to part with cash using a combination of small print and extravagant claims
- Scam emails & mendacious telephone marketing
- All manner of home 'improvements' that actually are nothing of the sort!
- It was such a trivial amount of money, not something to bother the police / trading standards with
- Even if I do, they will never catch the blighters...
- And it was my own silly fault to have been conned
- And I would rather not let the world know about my stupidity
- And that duster salesman did look rather sad
- Perhaps I could win the next prize draw: you just never know
- But that financial adviser said he was independent, and he is such a nice man and has a lovely family...
- Maybe that external wall covering will look better as it ages..
At risk of being accused of making a daft and potentially inflammatory comparison: is this a bit like domestic violence or child abuse?
Stay with me: I am not saying the consequences in terms of harm bear any comparison in almost all cases (although an older person being conned out of a lifetime's savings is an appalling criminal act with devastating for the person concerned) but the psychology of not reporting the crime may have some correlations. And how we should, as a society react, could also be similar: in other words we need to talk about #everydaycrime more... and without shame. We need to get it out from behind closed doors (as it were). Do we not?
So what #everydaycrime have you been subject to, that you have never bothered to report before?