Yeah I let the police know, just so they know what happened and where/when. Due to low police numbers, they tend to target areas where the most crime happens, they did do some door knocks, but I didn't expect the offenders or their parents to own up, so I'm just left with a crime number.
The law is part of the problem, as stated above even if the offender is found, in most cases they'll get a slap on the wrist, and the victims still get to foot the bill. This is because the government don't want to send criminals to prison to save on cost's; most drug'd up burglars get off with a drug rehabilitation course rather than a sentence.
The kids that play around here are all from the 6 council houses (so I'm paying twice) at the bottom of a close that runs down the side of my house, and they're only about 6-12. What really annoys me is that not one of their parents watch them whilst they run riot in the street, even if one parent from each house took it in turns it probably wouldn't have happened, but I guess the lure of watching their mates on Jeremy Kyle on their (stolen) 50" plasma was too much!
Got mine booked in early November to get a spray job, going to cost around £370, and that's only the main bits that they did, I've noticed more minor scratches since, which are all around the car.