From the Herald Sun:
The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader reported, beside tales of stolen purses and the like, that three men with iron bars “attempted to hijack” a late-model Commodore in a Bonbeach reserve on Sunday evening, June 4.
“One man opened the driver’s door while the others bashed the car but … they fled after one of the passengers challenged them,” the item said.
Funny, that. Who was in the car that could scare men armed with iron bars? A Hells Angels convention? A live crocodile?
Not according to our sources, who insist the all-conquering “passenger” was in fact a policewoman, who drew her pistol to repel the baddies.
If only all Australians could exercise that same right to self-defence.
If true, that would explain the carjackers’ retreat. But it does not explain why the incident was reported so vaguely and ignored by senior police, supposing they knew about it.
Why so publicity-shy? Perhaps it’s not a good look to admit suburban streets are so unsafe that carjackers and muggers can brazenly bail up police as well as ordinary citizens. Better to mislead the public than alarm anyone.
I think that is exactly correct – for whatever reason the various law-enforcement agencies and their political masters are unwilling or unable to provide the physical security and safety that Australians pay for and expect.