Are we a law abiding society?
An ANPR exercise on a busy London road had to be quickly abandoned as it was identifying more untaxed, uninsured vehicles than the police would cope with.
Benefit fraud, officially estimated at some £1.6bn a year, is actually closer to £6 billion. That's hundreds of thousands of offenders - far more than investigators and the court system could possibly handle.
The number of child porn offences is now so high it would take police and the courts nearly 20 years to prosecute even those currently operating in Britain: it's estimated that 300 million images have been seized in two years.
It is claimed that around 20% of weddings in urban areas are bogus.
The authorities can't keep up.