Re: Bloke was lucky
I understand the reasons behind it but I really hate that you can't defend yourself against 'minor' crimes.
Instead you are meant to let the cops handle it which basically means that they will take a statement and then throw it on the too hard pile unless you happen to be rich and/or know the right contacts to get it properly investigated.
Anecdotal story: A friend of mine has his garage broken into and had several motor cycles stolen. 12 months later he is advised that the police knew the culprit (licence plate of the van used was seen in the street), did nothing about it for 8 months before bringing the owner in for questioning and then deciding that too much time had passed to secure a conviction.