Motorcycle crime rates drop FIFTY per cent!
Scottish police force’s efforts to tackle bike crime shows huge reduction.
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.”