85% Bike thefts going unsolved

LC
1 Sep 2023

New analysis commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that in 2022, 587 bike theft cases in Derbyshire were closed without a suspect being identified - a shocking 85.6% of total reported cases. 

Meanwhile, only 14 bike thefts reported in Derbyshire last year resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed - just 2% of the total 686 cases recorded.

Derby’s Liberal Democrats warned these figures showed the Government was effectively ‘decriminalising’ bike theft, letting criminals off the hook for the robbery of thousands of pounds worth of property.

The party has accused the Conservative Government of neglecting neighbourhood policing. Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) numbers have also plummeted under the Conservative Party’s watch, with over 4,000 PCSOs being taken off the streets since 2015.

Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible and trusted, with the time to focus on tackling local crime. 

Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Cycling Champion and Spokesperson for Derby, Lucy Care said: 

“Theft is such a personal and terrible crime. To see so many go unsolved across Derbyshire is a tragedy.

“These figures show the Government is effectively decriminalising bike theft in our local communities - and ministers in Westminster seem content to let it continue.

“We need to see a return to proper community policing, making our streets safer and ending this free-for-all for criminals.” 

Bike theft statistics from the House of Commons Library can be seen here.