Sunday, February 13, 2011
Brits Lead the Way in Creating Rights for Criminals
The Telegraph (U.K.) has this sad tale:
After shredding the long-standing doctrine that a man's home is his castle, the British government continues to coddle criminals by warning homeowners to avoid using wire mesh to improve security in their storage sheds, lest they invite lawsuits by burglars!
Thomas Cooper, of Tatsfield, Surrey, used wire mesh to protect three of his garden sheds after two break-ins over the past four years. He decided to take action after reports of a rise in garden raids in the area.
Mr Cooper said: “I reinforced my shed windows with wire mesh, but was told by the police I had to be very careful because thieves can actually sue you if they get hurt. It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it.”
Reader reactions range from "Britain is the most spaztard nation on earth. why don't you all just kill yourselves??" to "In this particular case the advice given probably was wrong, but it's only advice and the PC never claimed to be a solicitor. If you want good legal advice, pay for it from a solicitor [lawyer]. If you won't do that then you are free to ask the police, the CAB or a randon stranger in the street but there isn't much point in complaining if it turns out the advice is wrong."