If you wonder why it's hard to find a policeman these days, then a leaked memo from Michael Fuller, the Chief Constable of Kent, may explain one part of the problem.
Fuller, has told Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, that Kent is struggling to cope with "migration surges" that are leading to spiralling crime levels.
In a leaked memo, dated Oct 22 last year, Michael Fuller, the Chief Constable of Kent, warned of a "negative impact on performance" if the Government fails to provide enough cash to match the influx of migrants.
Mr Fuller wrote: "As the gateway to Europe, Kent has a unique geographical status which places additional strain on limited resources."
He estimates that 78 per cent of the population growth in the county is due to migration. This has contributed to a rise of more than a third in violent crimes over five years to about 7,800 incidents last year.
Mr Fuller estimated the total additional cost to the force to be £34 million over the past three years, but claimed that increases in funding from the Home Office have failed to keep pace.
He also warns of the soaring cost of translation services, and predicts that he will need 500 extra constables.
His sentiments echo those of Julie Spence, the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, who last year begged the Government for more money.