Car thieves “getting away with it”

27 Jun 2024
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Car thieves “getting away with it” as 5,517 cases go unsolved in Hertfordshire since last election

Victoria Collins, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Harpenden & Berkhamsted has accused the Conservatives of letting their communities down as a new analysis of Home Office statistics reveals that 5,517 car thefts have gone unsolved in Hertfordshire since the last election.

The data shows just 3% of car thefts in the Hertfordshire police force area resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed. 

National figures paint a similarly bleak picture, with 76% of car thefts going unsolved since the last election. The number of unsolved car thefts has also soared in this period, with a 42% rise from 76,333 in 2020 to 108,934 last year.

Harpenden & Berkhamsted’s Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Party for these stark figures, arguing that years of ineffective resourcing have decimated frontline policing. This includes their decision to take over 4,500 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) off the streets since 2015.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for Police and Crime Commissioners to be abolished and the savings invested into frontline policing instead - a move that could generate around £170 million over the course of the next Parliament.

This will help enable a return to proper community policing - where officers are visible, trusted, and have the time to focus on preventing and solving neighbourhood crimes - so that criminals can no longer act with impunity. 

Commenting on the figures, Victoria Collins, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Harpenden & Berkhamsted, said:

“Criminals are getting away with almost every car theft in Hertfordshire - which is an outrageous failure from the Conservative Government.”

“As I knock on doors in Harpenden, Berkhamsted, Tring and the surrounding villages I hear stories of the misery these thieves have brought to our communities. Local police are too overstretched to do their job properly. By slashing community officer numbers, the Conservatives are only benefiting the criminals.”

“We need a return to proper community policing, with visible officers who are preventing and tackling crime.”

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