New government plan to protect Brits from thieving criminal scum

A new Ministry of Justice pilot scheme hopes to protect law-abiding Brits from thieving criminals by fitting newly released convicts with a GPS tracking device, which will help cops figure out which former jailbirds are ransacking local homes and making ordinary people’s lives a misery.

The tags will be attached to convicted burglars, robbers, and thieves for up to a year after their release from prison, and the scheme is now set to be piloted in a number of areas.

Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Humberside, and West Midlands forces have all signed up to keep an eye on former lags in a bid to hunt down repeat offenders, with more than half of convicted thieves re-offending within a year of their release from Britain’s prison system.

250 thieves are set to be fitted with the tags within six months of the scheme starting, allowing detectives to trace released criminals to the sites of recent local break-ins and begin closing in on the ones who think they can get away with a return to their former ways.

“Obviously with the ability to be able to tag our persistent offenders it means we’re able to see where they are and if they’re in proximity of offences that have occurred” said Gwent’s Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.

While the move will help protect innocent Brits from the thieving hands of released convicts, it’s also being touted as a way to help reform criminals who may be tempted by opportunities to reoffend.

“We want to make sure we help those offenders get back on the straight and narrow” said Crime and Policing Minister Kit Malthouse. “We think 24-hour-a-day supervision, through this tag on their ankle, will help them to realise that they’re effectively being watched, and therefore choose something else to do, other than go back to their former crime.

“It’s a rigorous supervision in a way that we haven’t really seen before and we think it will have a big impact.”