- Peter Dearsley, of South Woodford in east London, called police to report crime
- He was told to fill out an online form after his £14,500 Ford S-Max was stolen
- He was expecting a call back from police, but was stunned to get a generic text
The victim of a car theft was disgruntled to receive a text informing him his case would be closed – just a day after he reported the crime.
Peter Dearsley, of South Woodford in east London, called police after his Ford S-Max – worth £14,500 – was stolen outside his house.
The 37-year-old graphic designer was told to fill in an online survey, The Sun reports.
Peter Dearsley (pictured) called police after his car was stolen from outside his London home
He was expecting a call back from police, but was stunned to get a generic text informing him that his case would be closed ‘pending any further evidence which comes to light.’
‘I feel let down,’ he told the newspaper.
Mr Dearsley blamed the government, adding: ‘I was told the police didn’t have the resources to investigate the case.’
He had filled out the online form under a new Crime Assessment Policy that came into force last year.
He was told to fill in an online survey after his Ford S-Max (above, file photo) was stolen
Police reviewed his report and decided to close the case due to the lack of CCTV, witnesses, suspects and ‘forensic opportunities.’
‘If you have any tracking on the vehicle please advise us. Regards, Met Police,’ the text ended.