Victims of crime shouldn’t have to be made to pay

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If a vehicle is stolen then recovered by the police, the vehicle’s owner is given the opportunity to collect that item from where it is found.  However if the police need it as part of an investigation, the vehicle is taken to a police compound. When the police have finished with it, the owner of the said vehicle is charged a fee to get their property back. In the case of a motorbike, £150 charge for the bike being transported back to the compound then £10 for every day it’s in storage. How is this fair? The owner has already been the victim of crime and then they are penalised again in order to get their property back. This has happened to my son and it’s wrong. 

Some may say claim back from insurance, but very rarely will the insurance company pay these release charges. What if the owner hasn’t claimed from the insurance company due to the excess charges and and increase in premiums on their next policy.

These recovery charges are unfair and unjust and should not apply to recover vehicles that have been stolen. 

We the undersigned would like this legislation reviewed 

 



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