- The focus is on the citizen, not the criminal or potential criminal - the police are taking the line that it is the actions of the citizen that are in question, not the thief.
- By targeting the citizen, the police are sending the message that the act of theft is less morally wrong, and the absent-mindedness of the citizen is more questionable.
- By emphasising security, the police reinforce the message that low crime days are over, and that it is hopeless to even consider making society open, warm and safe.
Absolutely correct. The police are no longer interested in policing and the government is no longer interested in us having a society in which we do not feel like we're in a state of constant siege.