Originally posted by Peter Inson at 07:21, April 29 2013
The words “Polite notice” on high-vis vests have upset the boys and girls in blue.
Used by riders of bikes and horses that seem to provide a more arresting appeal to motorists.
They seem to be a form of self-defence, like whacking someone who has broken into your home, before asking him, or her I suppose, just what they are up to.
Self-defence is something we are permitted to excercise when those charged with our defence, and even bragging about that responsibility – Essex: “Taking a Lead in Making Essex Safer” – are not on hand to defend us, or whose powers are suffiently restrained to prevent them protecting us.
Last week there were two reports of the police not being able to hold burglars on the grounds that they had been drunk at the time and could not be held accountable for their actions.
It is not the wearing of polite notices that undermines the ability of the police to prevent crime; it’s probably something to do with the laws which the police have to uphold and the allocation and use of material and human resources.
Polite notices are simply a reminder of this inconvenient truth.