On Tuesday 30th April PCSO Tony Martin held his quarterly surgery at Impington Village College. “The young persons walk in surgery gives students the chance to talk to me about concerns regarding crime and disorder as well as report crime or just have a chat. Crime prevention is always high on my list of priorities, and todays surgery is no different” Tony commented.
Theft of cycles from I.V.C. have been a real problem historically, but over the last twelve months there has been 50% reduction on the school site. Two persons were arrested and charged with theft of cycles from the site in late 2012. Although this is positive news, crime prevention is the long-term solution. In 2012 Southcambscops deployed talking signs on the site which warned studetns to “lock em or lose em”!
“During my visit to the school I patrol the site and try to steal bikes not locked up. At the end of the school day I hope the shock factor helps cyclists realise how easy it is for their cycle to be stolen without a lock.” Recovered cycles are displayed by the school entrance for students to pick up. At this point PCSO Martin hands out information about immobilise.com and “sold secure locks”.
(All cycles are of course returned to students, and the event is held in partnership with the village college)