WHEN precious personal possessions are stolen, it seems Brits are increasingly turning to private detectives to solve the crime.
They feel there is little choice but to hire a sleuth because the police aren’t solving their cases.
Last year only four per cent of thefts resulted in an alleged offender being charged and it was half that if a car had been nicked.
The traditional bread and butter work for private sleuths is locating missing persons or trapping love rats, but increasingly they are being asked to do the work of hard-pressed cops.
Former Detective Chief Inspector David McKelvey, who runs the private detective agency TM Eye, tells The Sun: “We get all sorts of people asking to get their belongings back, it is old-fashioned police work.
“We get a lot of people calling about mobile phones, cars and bicycles.”
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But it is not just rich people who are willing to pay the price to get their goods back.
Part-time carer Patty Covelly hired a detective to find her grandma’s jewellery, fish and chip shop worker Jenny Johns needed her runaround car back and mature student Fiona Conor was desperate to be reunited with a family pet.
A lot of the time it does not require Sherlock Holmes to figure out the culprit because there is CCTV footage or the stolen item is being offered for sale on the internet.
Often clients turn to private eyes because the police are too slow to act.
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