Bike theft fight-back in Scot­land

New po­lice tac­tics bring dra­matic re­sults in Scot­tish cap­i­tal

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Amas­sive re­duc­tion in mo­tor­cy­cle crime in Edinburgh and sur­round­ing ar­eas is the re­sult of an up­rated po­lice op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Scot­land.

Be­tween April and Septem­ber this year there was a 60% re­duc­tion in mo­tor­cy­cle theft, equat­ing to 278 fewer thefts, and also a 54% re­duc­tion in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on mo­tor­cy­cles, which equates to 346 fewer in­ci­dents re­ported.

Po­lice Scot­land put this down to the work of of­fi­cers in­volved in Op­er­a­tion So­te­ria, orig­i­nally launched in 2016 and re­cently bol­stered by a range of new tac­tics in­clud­ing DNA tag­ging spray (as fea­tured last week), use of off-road bikes and re­vised tac­tics by the Roads Polic­ing team.

“I am de­lighted with the re­sults we are see­ing as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion So­te­ria,” said Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Gareth Blair of Po­lice Scot­land. “Mo­tor­cy­cle crime has un­doubt­edly had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact across the city not only

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