Late Saturday evening I was shooting on the farm where I work. Boss was away but the manager was oddjobbing. 2 ways in but just one through road (a sort of loop)- 1 passed the house the other via a padlocked gate. Manager sets off home and finds the padlock missing- had been cut off. We have been robbed several times- 500 litres red diesel/tools/chainsaws so we thought this was someone preping a job. 15 miles from Maidstone and 3 from a small town with a police station- civvy manned 9-4:30 Mon to Fri and now it seems not even used as a tea stop. Rang the police and, They gave a crime number for the missing padlock. Did we want anything else? they asked. Well we think some villiany is afoot, can a patrol look in if it's passing? Oh no sir, we don't patrol anymore, we just respond to incidents. I suggest you get your staff to keep an eye open overnight. Oh ha bloody ha! Blocked the road as best we could but someone still thieved a big sit on mower. Thought the police prevented/detected crime and kept the peace? I doubt a passing patrol would have done any good but hey sorting drunks in Maidstone is an "incident" so gets priority. With instructions like that it's no wonder there is little faith in the force- sorry service!