Police are given bouquets of flowers to victims in an attempt to 'soften the blow' of hard to solve crimes burglaries and muggings.
Success rates for the detection of burglaries are as low as 12 per cent in the areas where forces are giving out flowers, including London and west Mercia.
Victims told The Sunday Telegraph that while they appreciate the thought, they would rather that police focused on solving their crimes.
The Met has sent out 300 bouquets in the north London borough of Barnet since November, including one to 55-year-old Sarah Miller.
She had two laptops, a camera and other valuables stolen from her home.
The day after the burglary Mrs Miller received a card apologising as the lack of evidence made it unlikely that her crime could be solved.