People often make good points or ask good questions that get lost in a sea of FB comments. Or they get asked on the comments section of our blog and I forget to read it. Or they may get e mailed into us.
From time to time I’ll sort of go around, mop up the most up to date points – and then lay out my answers.
Its the easiest way to cover a lot of things in one go.
Q) How high of a risk do you think there is of either brother violating their life time ban and getting a dog or pet?
A) Not high. There is zero evidence to suggest that either of them have violated the ban in the past year or so. If they had I feel sure that we’d know about it. Ordinarily and according to others I’ve spoke to who work in these circles – the risk would be high.
But they’ve had so much light shone on them and they know they are watched that its made them into a bit of an exception.
That may not last forever though. The risk could go from being very low to quite high as and when they felt enough daylight and time had been put between them and their actions.
If we were to take all our eyes and ears off them and never again mention them? Then their risk would naturally increase I suppose. That’s logical.
Q) Do you think surveillance is then the key to ensuring that the most extreme offenders like that don’t get more dogs and pets?
A) I think locking them up and for a long time is the key since people like that then aren’t a problem.
But those who are at large? Sure, surveillance or hyper awareness is very much key. It doesn’t take a genius in psychology to understand that if you’re being watched constantly then you are less likely to do a given thing.
Especially if you’re being watched by something you’re a bit wary of. Naturally you cannot possibly do this with all of them though.
Not even all of British Intelligence can properly monitor the thousands of known Jihadi extremists that live here. That demonstrates how big of a task it would be to deploy surveillance tactics like these on every case that appeared deserving.
Q) The full database launch in the New Year will achieve that to a large extent though, how many cases will be on it and how do you hope to ensure more and more people know it exists?
A) Yes, it has the potential to be a huge hammer. We have literally hundreds of cases going on it. People have only seen a holding page since we promoted the concept in the press in October. In 2018 that it will go from a holding page to a full on live database.
There will be other features on it, such as media links and so on. As to how we’ll promote it, I aim to achieve that through a combination of short videos, poster campaigns and public promo’s. I’ve seen the previews of it. I think people will enjoy the lay out and all the features.
Q) The Robert Koch case was stomach turning stuff. Why do you think someone with his supposed level of intelligence and maturity would go out and buy more dogs while under investigation and warning from the RSPCA?
A) My very best educated guess is that Robert Koch has that same sense of invicibility that exists in a lot of sadistic sociopaths. Simply put – he has such an elevated view of himself and believes himself to be so clever that he thought he could defy the investigators and the warning.
Q) Its a fact that for a number of weeks now he knows about OF. If he were reading this what would you have to say to him?
A) Make sure you stick to your life time pan and we’re not the RSPCA.
Q) How high a risk do you consider him to violate his ban?
A) Koch seems very weak to me. I doubt he enjoyed his stay in prison. So the first thing would be, how much does he not want to go back there again?
He has this background and veneer of ‘respectability’ that must have taken a big shake once already. He probably believes that he can rebuild his game and be perceived as he was before everyone knew what he had done.
Now that we know all about Mr Koch he would be a fool to defy his ban. No one enjoys being Frankished.
Q) What do you think of women and girls who go out with and have children with those they know to have committed such actions?
A) I think there is fundamentally something wrong with any man or women that would choose to have an intimate relationship with anyone capable of doing things like that.
Its obviously asking for trouble, and if you have children with them then its extremely irresponsible since you are condemning that kid to a horrible life.
In my experience the girls/women that prop up these ‘men’ are generally disgusting. Thick, entitled, screeching. That’s what they tend to be like.
Only when the individual eventually turns on them personally do they really tend to express any true emotion – self pity. If you realise someone is like that? Get rid.
Q) If challenged by another guy how do you think most of these abusers would react?
A) Well, the answer really lies in their choice of victims. They choose victims that have absolutely no chance of winning.
They avoid anyone or anything that does.
If challenged directly they would run or call the police (even inventing threats if they needed to).
They are ultimately cowards. They are capable of violence, but it has to be in their comfort zone of violence.
With that being said, they are also unpredictable. And they have a clearly stunted ability to control an impulse. So while that kind are cowards I’d generally advise caution around such people.
Q) How long do you think you’ll keep OF going?
A) Not sure. Its open ended really and depends entirely on whether or not I think we still have a role to play.
Q) Do you think that all rescue centres and even breeders should know about your register?
A) Of course. I’d say that its absolutely vital that they do. There are ways we could aim something at them specifically. We could make and then promote the hell out of a short video for example.