Theft of items is not a civil matter.
Originally Posted by FF8282
I had a similar situation with a lovely tenant who stole the furniture and white goods from a property. The police were at my office today to get a statement. The officer was at pains to inform me that the rent arrears were not a matter for them, which is fair enough.
Because you know who stole the items they become a "named offender". Quite simply the police cannot ignore the matter and it will remain open until the tenant is traced. In fact, an ex copper mate said that the police hate these cases as they never go away - they tend to get bumped up to a (slightly) higher rank if open for a long time. So the police will do a national PNC search, log the details with Experian (quite good, as it means that if the tenant ever gets a mobile phone contract or enters into any credit agreement the police will find out!), etc, until they turn up!
There was no attempt to dissuade me from making the report or calling it a civil matter.
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