Re: Time for ID cards?
Originally Posted by realspeed
ID thefts would sore and police would have to spend more time on it as if they don't have enough to do at the moment.
Like most ideas, sound great at the outset until looked into in greater depth and the consequences. Forgeries would be rife and just think of the time waste deciding if an ID card was genuine or not
We have always had to have certain items for identity both legally and for personal use so this would be nothing new. All and any of these have been subject to being forged – Driving Licence, Passport, Credit and Debit cards, University diplomas, even examination results can be bought online and used to gain a false pass. I also seem to recall that at one time there were small plastic NHS ID cards, not too sure about that though.
If our complete identities can be forged then anything can be. Where there is an identifiable requirement for forgeries of any kind criminals will move in to make money. Look at how 'keyless ignition' on modern cars has been circumvented enabling criminals to steal high-value vehicles.
It is my understanding that the police service currently has various departments dealing with all types of forgery and fraud. Most of us are aware there are not enough police officers but with the way society is going there never will be, no matter how many more officers there are.
Originally Posted by Mags
I would have no qualms about getting an ID Card, I have nothing to hide.
I always used to be against CCTV and any form of legally enforced ID cards, mostly for reasons of personal intrusion. Nowadays I would be thinking differently though due to how things are. I believe this is now going to happen at some time anyway. Therefore all measures should be taken to ensure those who have the task of finding and identifying those who forge items in the pursuit of crime are identified, prosecuted and jailed. The police need to be one step ahead of them if that's is possible rather than the reverse.