Car thieves “getting away with it” as 5,529 cases go unsolved in Surrey since last election.

17 Jun 2024
Rear view of two police officers

Surrey’s Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of letting their communities down as a new analysis of Home Office statistics reveals that 5,529 car thefts have gone unsolved across the county since the last election. 

The data shows just 4% of car thefts in the Surrey 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.

Surrey Lib Dems 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.

Surrey Lib Dems 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 Will Forster, leader of Surrey Lib Dems and parliamentary candidate for Woking said:

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

“These thieves have brought misery to our communities and must be caught- but the local police are too overstretched to actually do it. 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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