I kind of go back and forth on them, Prodigy, Orbital etc live. On the one hand theyre great but on the other hand due to the fact they are electronic bands they sort of lack something live, maybe spontaniety...? I sometimes feel it's like listening to their CD really loud. probably just me though.
"Do you honestly believe that by taking further police officers away from the streets to give talks and crime prevention advice, things will improve ?"
You have completely misunderstood what I said. The police should do what they were invented for which is to act as a deterrent to crime and be a visible presence on our streets instead of hiding in cars. The police cannot unburgle unmug or unattack you but their very presence can prevent all those things from happening in the first place.
There are loads of police. Yes their numbers have gone down but there is still 120k+ of them and many of the duties they had to fulfil when there were many fewer of them, such as securing commercial premises, are no now longer part of their job.
Since we havent had "Bobbies on the beat" since the 60s and the useless police force are now effectively a revenge and restitution service rather than an active deterrent of criminals (although they are hopeless at that too, since 90%+ of crimes go unpunished and unsolved), I suggest that foot patrols in pairs are reinstated right across the country. What do we all do when we see a police car parked by the side of the road? We slow down. Maybe that same effect will take affect when we see foot patrols regularly on our streets.