Q What will you do to attempt to reduce classic car-related crime? Owners are concerned by the increase in older cars being targeted.
‘Cuts to police as they deal with more crime such as classic car thefts is unacceptable. That’s why we will put 10,000 new police officers on our streets. The model of effective policing we are committed to will see the police working with communities to set priorities based on local need. To strengthen the bond between local communities and the police, we want to give people a say over neighbourhood policing priorities, as well as in the appointment of local police commanders. And we will ensure a more joined-up approach between the police and other public bodies to prevent crime such as classic car-related crime.’
‘We need to relieve the financial pressure on police across the country, so that they can combat all types of crime more effectively. The Lib Dems will provide an additional £300 million a year to local police forces, and end the one per cent cap on pay rises for police officers and other public sector workers. This will give police the resources they need to increase the flow of community intelligence, use data more effectively, and reduce crime – including theft.’
‘ We’re not sure that this is a government-related policy but we would be open to significantly increasing the penalties for such crimes.’