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The sheer scale of bike thefts that are taking place around the station in Cambridge is something that needs to be addressed swiftly and effectively.

The reaction comes following a recent statement released by a local police chief claiming that the reviewing of CCTV camera footage was “not worth it” despite the city suffering the worst cycle theft rates in the whole country.

There has been a torrent of criticism from the city’s cyclists after police data revealed that 781 bikes were reported to be stolen in the CB1 postcode and 564 in CB2 between May 2013 and April 2014. This is the area used by commuting cyclists to store their bikes before boarding trains out of the city and Detective Chief Inspector Lorraine Parker has said that looking through CCTV footage in order to catch criminals is not a necessary part of the investigation process.

After the station and rail company received a number of complaints regarding the theft situation, the police’s decision has come as a huge shock to cyclists in the area, many reacting angrily to the disregard of CCTV footage shown by the authorities. Richard Taylor, a resident of the area, has said "I was astounded when I heard our police are to stop looking at CCTV footage of bike thefts. I was left wondering what the problem actually is.”

There are growing claims for an investment in CCTV cameras that are capable of providing clearer images of those responsible for the thefts at the station’s designated bike parks. After thefts have continued to rise despite police also highlighting the increase in resources they have put into patrols and deterrent processes surrounding the station, commuters see very little alternative but an increase in security infrastructure investment.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in security implementation, has released a statement following the report. “The sheer scale of bike thefts that are taking place around the station in Cambridge is something that needs to be addressed swiftly and effectively.

“Railway companies have a duty to protect those who use the station, and if the existing CCTV security systems used by the rail companies are not providing local authorities with clear images then the change of approach must be towards further investment in equipment that will allow them to make more arrests. By not using the cameras already in place, the message that is being sent out to thieves is one that will cause this spike in robbery to continue.

“Here at AlertSystems, our knowledge of effective security processes dictates that further security investment can only be a positive thing for the people of Cambridge. With high-quality cameras available and affordable in the modern day, there is no reason why the CB1 and CB2 postcodes cannot be protected appropriately.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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