Alarm­ing rise in moped crime

MAYOR VOWS TO IM­PLE­MENT ZERO TOL­ER­ANCE AP­PROACH TO OF­FENCES

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FIG­URES re­leased by City Hall high­light the alarm­ing rise in moped en­abled crime, with an av­er­age of 53 in­ci­dents a day in the last year.

A to­tal of 19,385 moped en­abled crimes were recorded by Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice in the 12 months lead­ing to Septem­ber 2017, as the Mayor im­ple­ments his “zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach” to moped crime.

Sadiq Khan will bring to­gether po­lice, Lon­don’s bor­ough coun­cils and mo­tor­cy­cle users body, Mo­tor­cy­cle Crime Prevent Com­mu­nity, to tar­get the “reck­less, fright­en­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able” crimes.

A ma­jor fo­cus of the new part­ner­ship will be pre­vent­ing theft of mopeds, with most moped crimes car­ried out on stolen ve­hi­cles.

An ac­tion plan for the al­liance was de­vised at a meet­ing be­tween the au­thor­i­ties on Fri­day Septem­ber 8.

Steps to be taken to se­cure mopeds in­clude pro­vid­ing se­cure park­ing bays with ground an­chors and CCTV, which re­quire lo­cal author­ity back­ing.

The deputy mayor for polic­ing and crime, So­phie Lin­den, has met with moped de­liv­ery driv­ers, in­clud­ing Jabed Hus­sain, one of the vic­tims of an acid at­tack spree where five peo­ple were at­tacked in 90 min­utes by a pair on a moped.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice clar­i­fied it will not nec­es­sar­ily give up a chase if the driver or pas­sen­ger on a moped re­move their hel­met, and that even phys­i­cal con­tact is an op­tion.

Mr Khan, said: “Moped crime is reck­less, fright­en­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“It will not be tol­er­ated on our streets and it is es­sen­tial that we all work to­gether to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to stamp it out.

“Our po­lice of­fi­cers are work­ing ex­tremely hard to crack­down on per­pe­tra­tors, de­ploy­ing ded­i­cated ground op­er­a­tions, build­ing in­tel­li­gence on of­fend­ers, and us­ing pre­ven­tion work to make the streets hos­tile ter­ri­tory for crim­i­nals who use mopeds, mo­tor­bikes and bi­cy­cles for rob­beries and vi­o­lence.

“To­day is about high­light­ing what more can be done, with the in­sights of vic­tims and mo­tor­cy­clists as well as po­lice and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to bring these changes in as soon as pos­si­ble as we con­tinue to tackle this very se­ri­ous is­sue and keep these ter­ri­ble crimes off our streets.”

Met Po­lice Com­man­der Ju­lian Ben­nett said: “The MPS is work­ing hard to keep the pub­lic safe and make the streets hos­tile ter­ri­tory for crim­i­nals who steal scoot­ers, mopeds, and mo­tor­bikes and use them to snatch valu­ables and com­mit vi­o­lent crime on mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“These of­fend­ers are cow­ardly and rely on the un­wari­ness of the pub­lic.

“We have al­ready made in­roads to tackle this crim­i­nal­ity through proac­tive pa­trols, op­er­a­tions and in­tel­li­gence led ac­tion on in­di­vid­u­als.

“We are also work­ing with in­dus­try and coun­cils to bet­ter pro­tect ve­hi­cles to make them harder to steal.”

Moped crime is reck­less, fright­en­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able

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