Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Punish Hoax Callers Properly

BBC Scotland is covering a story about hoax callers to the Fire Brigade putting lives at risk. After a lot of talk about how dangerous it is we find out that the reckless, thoughtless thugs who carry out hoax calls might get their mobile taken off them, may have their landline cut off and as a last resort can be prosecuted.

Here's a thought - first resort be to prosecute them. I'm not suggesting locking them up and throwing away the key but frankly the threat of being punished (a month cleaning fire appliances and a hefty fine of 10 times the cost of deploying a fire appliance) and a criminal record is more of a deterrant than having your mobile taken off you.

We need to take all crime including "low level" crime seriously.

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