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Bicycle theft in Cambridge almost doubles in the first month of 2020

In January 2020, 68 incidents of bike theft occurred that could be mapped by the Cambridge City Centre policing team. This number is almost twice the amount reported in the previous month of December 2019, where only 37 cases were recorded.

Areas of interest

Whilst the crimes seem to spread across the Cambridge area, most of the incidents take place to the west of Christ’s College. One area that seems particularly notorious for this form of crime is that surrounding The Guildhall in the city centre, where 8 individual accounts of bike theft are documented on the map.

Missing statistics

Besides the 68 recorded incidents, it is noted that there are also 25 incidents which occurred but could not be mapped to a specific location. Though there are a myriad of reasons for this, the most common is that the victim of the crime is unable to confidently specify where the crime took place. This may be due to the crime happening between two stops on a journey, or that the victim is unable to recall the exact spot.

In December 2019 there were 21 incidents of bike theft that took place in Cambridgeshire Constabulary that were unable to be mapped. However, even with these additional cases taken into account, January of 2020 still reported more accounts of bike theft; the most cases reported in this area since October 2019.

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