Increase security for motorcycles on the University of Kent, Canterbury Campus.
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Recently there has been a pattern of thefts occurring to motorcycles parked on the University of Kent Canterbury Campus. These thefts have caused hundred of pounds of damage whilst being parked legally within the motorcycle bays situated on the campus, most notably the motorcycle bay in the Gulbenkian Car Park. There is ample CCTV coverage in the car park but even with this recent increase Campus Security and Kent Estates still continue to refuse to point the camera at the bay leaving the offenders free to commit their acts without fear of being caught on camera. The suggested solution was to park in a car parking bay, this is not acceptable as this would then open up innocent motorcyclists to unfair discrimination as they would be unable to place a ticket on their vehicle thus opening themselves up to being fined. Given the increasing pressure on car parking space and the morning traffic jams, the University should should be doing as much as possible to support the use of motorcycles. Kent Union and The University of Kent, we want you to support motorcyclists by increasing the level of security around motorcycle parking with the following actions.
- Installation or fair coverage of CCTV covering the bays.
- Installation of a secure parking area for motorcycles such as that at the Medway campus
- Clearly marked motorcycle bays so cars do not park in non-designated areas.
- Proactive patrols by campus security 24/7 to prevent these thefts occurring
- Recording system to record vehicle thefts on campus, especially motorcycles to track increases in incidents. - Reported to local PCSO.
If the University wants to retain its reputation of being one of the safest Universities then it must tackle the crimes that are taking place on its campus otherwise by allowing these criminal actions it is just as complicit in the crime as the offenders.
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