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Question 7 - we asked:

Cycle theft accounts for over 10% of reported crime across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and it is clear that despite this high figure there is also significant under-reporting. Do you agree with us that cycle theft is a widespread problem? Further, what will you do to ensure that the councils address a key cause of the problem, namely lack of secure cycling parking? Our Campaign is keenly aware of this problem in and around the City of Cambridge.

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6 of the 7 candidates (86%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

Cycle theft is far too high and wearing the hat of Crime Commissioner, I would like to work with the Local Authority and in particular Network Rail to ensure that there was secure parking for cyclists and this goes beyond the Local Authority and the Rail operator to both business and education establishments. I would envisage that this is something that we could work together on if I become the Police Commissioner.

(English Democrats)

I do agree with you. The problem with cycle parking is that town planners seem more concerned with innovative (and space hungry) design to cycle racks rather than maximum storage with minimum street footprint. I will lobby to hange this.


This is indeed a high figure and if asked to do so would be happ yto work closel ywith lcoal councils to encourage them to provide secure cycle parking... an eminently sensible idea especially in these days of high fuel prices and environmental concerns where people are more and more being encouraged to use alternative transport.

(Labour Party)

Councils will play there part in ensuring this is a Community Safety Partnership action so that steps are taken to reduce thefts and damage.

(Liberal Democrat)

Cycle theft is a widespread problem but it is particularly acute in and around Cambridge. My campaign manager, Kevin Wilkins, has repeatedly asked for it to be a City-wide priority and it will be a priority if I am elected.
The PCC does not have direct authority over the Community Safety Partnership but can require it to join in strategy development. I would use my influence to get all agencies especially local authorities to engage in the 'secure by design' approach where problems are dealt with in the built environment. I want to reduce crime. This sort of thing helps.

(UK Independence Party)

Again, theft is theft and I believe that it should all be reported and dealt with and people prosecuted, if possible. I agree that there is a problem here and this is why I believe in a zero tolerance policy to stem this crime and stop it escalating into other crimes. I believe that having a greater police presence will help to stem the number of crimes occurring and increase crime detection rates. As I previously stated, I do not believe that Cambridge City Council provide enough facilities for cyclists.

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