Dundee police resort to dummy police cars

September 5, 2014 | By | In News

With budgets stretched ever further, it appears that police in Dundee are using parked police cars as a crime prevention tactic, even though they are unmanned. An empty police car was spotted parked on a Dundee street for whole day this week, in attempt to deter criminals.

The fully-marked Police Scotland car had been parked on double yellow lines on Dens Road in the city for 20 hours, leaving locals confused as to why a police car had been left there when no officers were to be seen.

The car was removed on Tuesday evening – with a police vehicle dropping off a driver to move the car – after the local Evening Telegraph had questioned the police force about the empty car. In response the local police confirmed that the car was intended to put off criminals.

I think there’s no substitute for people seeing the police walking along the streets — that’s what the general public wants to see.

However, one local councilor who is responsible for scrutinising police behaviour described the move as a “strange tactic”, according to the Evening Telegraph. Meanwhile, one resident told the newspaper: “It seems a bit strange that they would just leave a police car sitting there for so long.”

Another local added: “I’ve seen it parked there all day, but not seen any police at all.

“It was parked on a double yellow, so I suppose they think they can do what they like.”

Dundee city councillor Kevin Keenan said: “I think there’s no substitute for people seeing the police walking along the streets — that’s what the general public wants to see. I suppose it’s still good to have a visible police presence and I think it could work for an hour or so, but when it’s parked as long as almost 24 hours, then people will think it’s either broken down, or it’s just been dumped there.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman responded to the paper: “Police Scotland continues to provide a visible presence in the communities of Tayside, whether officers are on patrol or by the use of marked police vehicles, in order to deter, disrupt and detect criminality and keep people safe.”

Picture: Mark Richardson

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