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Police Could Ask You To Investigate These 9 Crimes Yourself

04/09/2014 11:17 BST | Updated 04/09/2014 11:59 BST

Police have been asking crime victims to investigate offences themselves, a new report from the police watchdog has revealed.

Some police forces have been asking crime victims to take steps like checking if there is CCTV or fingerprint evidence for a crime, speaking to neighbours and scouring websites like eBay to see if their stolen property appears for sale.

The report, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), warned that some common offences like vehicle crime and burglaries of buildings other than houses are on the verge of being decriminalised, because police have "given up" investigating them thoroughly.

HMIC said that this was unacceptable and "both surprising and a matter of material concern."

Nevertheless, if you experience or report and of the following nine crimes, you could end up being asked to investigate the matter for yourself by some police forces.

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