Since "solving the crime" clearly states that the subject is in fact a crime and since it implies prosecution if necessary, I am not sure this is about decriminalization. Still, it is an interesting development socially and philosophically regarding the prioritization of crime and the protections a class of citizen gets regarding material wealth.
Something like this has been true in Lane County, Oregon where i live. Three or four years back, the county prosecutor announced that crimes of property were beyond the budget. Of course, the police don't work to hard at unprosecutable crimes. If you have registered a complaint listing your lost items they will return your stuff to you if they run across it incidentally during an arrest. Also if you convince them that you are going to prosecute, and stay on the case with updated information, they are likely to help to some degree or another.
It has become an insurance and security thing. Much like tankers passing Somalia, it is about the balance of insurance premiums, fuel mileage for driving farther off shore and security deterrence.
The one who can't afford the insurance, security and insulating distance has to consider a more dynamic equation of what they can afford to own.