BOTH the police and crime commissioner and the head of the Police Federation say officers simply do not have the resources to investigate every crime.
It follows a hit-and-run accident in Cosham that left driver Gary Badnell furious after police refused to investigate the incident that left his car a write-off.
Hampshire’s commissioner Simon Hayes said: ‘If someone was injured then they will always investigate.
‘But if someone’s wing mirror is damaged, how much public resources and money should be put into finding out who did it with very little evidence?
He added: ‘It is very much a balance and I think that’s something that’s always been the case in terms of policing.
‘It’s about prioritising resources and using them proportionally.’
John Apter is the chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, which represents the interests of police officers.
He is also supporting the Cuts Have Consequences against more policing cutbacks.
He said: ‘The problem is with resources being so stretched and so limited and the sad reality is that the police have to priorities what they deal with and what they attend.
‘They investigate accidents every day. We have dozens of them across the city that we have to attend.
‘It’s about priorities.
‘As a police officer, that is really sad for me to say.
‘But people have got to understand that it’s about making sure there are enough police officers to go around to do the jobs.
‘I don’t like this any more than the poor victims in this case but its about priorities and I would say don’t blame the police.
‘Blame those people who have taken £80m out of our budget and forced us to make decisions which are sometimes not in the interests of the public we serve – the government.’