As any florist will tell you, a bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift for any occasion. Anniversaries, Birthdays, Congratulations, just to name a few. And for some people, flowers can even say “I am sorry you were robbed.”
In London, UK, the police send bunches of flowers to victims of burglaries and mugging cases that are unlikely to be solved. In London last year, only 6,795 out of 55,693 burglaries were solved, a 12% success rate. According to The Sunday Telegraph, The Metropolitan and West Mercia police forces sent out at roughly 300 bouquets since last November, mostly to elderly women living alone. The flowers are usually accompanied with a note of apology for not being able to solve the crime.
The police hope the simple gesture will “softened the blow” and let the victims know that the police do care about the victims. While the well-intentioned gesture is appreciated, some victims feel the police should spend more time and effort in solving the crimes.
The flowers were either donated by a wholesale florist or paid for using a police community fund. The West Mercia police have been giving flowers to victims for about four years now.