Mo­tor­cy­cle crime rates drop FIFTY per cent!

Scot­tish po­lice force’s ef­forts to tackle bike crime shows huge re­duc­tion.

Motorcycle Monthly - - Front Page -

IT’S great news that thieves and anti-so­cial types on two wheels are be­ing kicked to the kerb af­ter a po­lice force in the UK worked closely with a city coun­cil to tackle the prob­lem head-on. The op­er­a­tion put in place has com­bined on and off-road tac­tics to stop bikes be­ing stolen and used in fur­ther crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity – with an in­cred­i­ble 60% drop in bike theft alone.

Op­er­a­tion So­te­ria was set up in 2016 to help stop mo­tor­cy­cle crime across Ed­in­burgh – us­ing a range of tac­tics in­clud­ing DNA tag­ging and the de­ploy­ment of off-road bikes. And newly re­leased fig­ures show that there’s been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in mo­tor­cy­cle crime across the re­gion.

Over the last two years, the multi-agency Com­mu­nity Improve­ment Part­ner­ship, set up by City of Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil, has seen the in­tro­duc­tion of DNA tag­ging spray, the de­ploy­ment of off-road mo­tor­cy­cles as well as re­vised tac­tics by of­fi­cers in roads polic­ing to tackle an­ti­so­cial use of mo­tor­cy­cles.

In fact, be­tween April 1 and Septem­ber 1, 2018, mo­tor­cy­cle theft has gone down by a whop­ping 60% – equat­ing to a to­tal of 278 fewer of­fences in Ed­in­burgh. There’s also been a 54% re­duc­tion in anti-so­cial mo­tor­cy­cle re­lated re­ports, with 346 fewer in­ci­dents re­ported in com­par­i­son to the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Gareth Blair, di­vi­sional com­man­der for Ed­in­burgh, said: “I am de­lighted with the re­sults we are see­ing, as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion So­te­ria. Mo­tor­cy­cle crime has un­doubt­edly had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact across the city, not only in terms of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and fear of crime, but also on the own­ers of the bikes stolen. By work­ing in part­ner­ship with the City of Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil we have cre­ated a range of pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tiv­ity and ro­bust en­force­ment to tackle this chal­leng­ing is­sue.

“Our off-road Op­er­a­tion Or­bit bikes which were funded by the coun­cil, have be­come an in­te­gral part of the daily polic­ing of Ed­in­burgh, im­prov­ing our abil­ity to pre­vent and re­spond to in­ci­dents in­clud­ing thefts of bikes. They have im­proved our vis­i­bil­ity in key ar­eas as­so­ci­ated with this is­sue as well as en­gage­ment with young peo­ple.”

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