Soar­ing bike crime cou ld lead to dras­tic mea­sures to keep streets safe

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Re­cent crime fig­ures have shown that ve­hi­cle theft has risen 18.6% na­tion­wide in the past year, and 25.9% in Lon­don; a trend that’s hit­ting mo­tor­cy­cle own­ers hard.

The brazen thieves post pic­tures of bikes they’ve stolen, or in­tend to steal, on so­cial me­dia. The is­sue’s now crossed over into the pub­lic con­scious­ness, af­ter a spate of acid at­tacks in Lon­don com­mit­ted by gang mem­bers on scoot­ers. The un­der­funded cops are strug­gling to get a grip, with po­lice num­bers now at their low­est since 1985. Now sources have told MCN the po­lice are look­ing to call in the army, due to the force’s strug­gle to re­cruit firearms of­fi­cers.

For­mer cops we’ve spo­ken to say the ex­plo­sion in crime stems from a so- called ‘no chase’ pol­icy, af­ter the death of Henry Hicks in 2014. Hicks was be­ing pur­sued by un­marked cop cars when he died af­ter com­ing off his moped. Ac­cord­ing to an MCN source, an of­fi­cial com­mu­niqué has warned of­fi­cers against pur­suits due to the po­ten­tial re­course in the event of the scooter riders be­ing hurt – and this has led to gangs run­ning amok

un­der the be­lief that the po­lice are pow­er­less to stop them.

A Mayor of Lon­don spokesper­son said: “Moped crime is reck­less, fright­en­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing, and will not be tol­er­ated on Lon­don streets. The Mayor views this as an ex­tremely se­ri­ous of­fence, and fully sup­ports the po­lice to crack down on per­pe­tra­tors.”

The Met Po­lice told MCN: “We’re work­ing hard to keep the pub­lic safe, and to make the streets hos­tile ter­ri­tory for crim­i­nals who use mopeds, mo­tor­bikes and bi­cy­cles to snatch valu­ables.”

Po­lice are urg­ing peo­ple to choose their bike park­ing spots care­fully – prefer­ably one cov­ered by CCTV and with a ground an­chor. They also say to use more than one lock; ide­ally both a disc lock and a chain, as th­ese re­quire dif­fer­ent tools to break.

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