Moped crook crackdown success

Katherine Johnston (14 November, 2018) Crime

Number of crimes has dropped by half

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Moped-enabled crime has nearly halved after a police crackdown, according to new figures released this week.

According to the Met, in Southwark there were 224 moped-enabled crimes from March to August this year, compared to 419 throughout the previous six months. Across London, the same period saw a drop of about a third.

This reduction has been attributed to ‘Operation Venice’ – focused on the organised criminal networks taking part in moped enabled crime – and the efforts of our local police.

Tactics include using light-weight police motorbikes, DNA spray-tagging offenders, and remote-controlled tyre deflators, or PROspike devices, to catch criminals attempting to make a moped getaway.

Officers have also worked with manufacturers and owners to improve safety feature prevent motorbikes and mopeds from being stolen.

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said: “Moped-enabled crime is a shocking and highly visible crime that has blighted our streets for too long.

“It is extremely positive that we are starting to see a significant drop in the number of incidents, and this is down to a sharply focused campaign from our local police forces.

“The number of offences that are still taking place is a serious cause for concern and this is why we need to ensure that the Met is adequately resourced, so it can continue to intensify its clampdown.

“We cannot afford to take our feet off the pedal when it comes to tackling moped crime.

“We must do all we can to prevent these brazen and ruthless offenders from getting away with impunity”.

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