Staffordshire Police Authority has explained why it is reluctant to send officers to the scene of car thefts.
Superintendent Pete Owen, who is head of the authority's police communications department, explained that it has to prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable residents in the community.
In an interview with expressandstar.com, he explained why there is little point in sending officers to help victims of most car thefts unless there is some form of video footage that can be investigated.
He said: "Unless they have witnessed something and can provide a statement, or there is CCTV coverage for them to help us with, information can be obtained over the phone so that officers can concentrate their time on investigating criminals believed to be involved in that type of crime."
However the police representative did add that when members of the public call the authority, if they are deemed to be vulnerable, a police officer is sent to establish what's happened.
Local residents might be shocked at the admission that there is little else the police could do in such a situation. Some might even be encouraged to invest in a car tracker, in order to protect themselves against the possibility of their car being stolen without a trace of evidence.
According to thisisstaffordshire.co.uk, the admission came shortly after it was revealed that many areas of Staffordshire would be subjected to policing cuts in the near future.