I do not believe that our politicians have sat down and thought this through, it's just another cockup.
But they do benefit from our fear
Jacqui Smith, on the Today programme this morning, managed about one sentence on the new 15% off vouchers for those who have been burgled. She spent the rest of the time defending her second home... So lock your doors and fear your neighbours.
The poster campaign to encourage people to snoop on their neighbours is in full flight, though you can always produce your own version.
While we fear and snoop on those who live next door, we are much less likely to recognise that our real enemies are the politicians. These are the people who leach off our efforts, while granting themselves outrageous perks and giving our money to failed industries and banks.