ARMY MAYBE CALLED INTO STOP GANG STOP STOP SCOOTERSCOOTER GANGS
Soaring bike crime cou ld lead to drastic measures to keep streets safe
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.
‘Thieves post pictures of bikes they’ve stolen on social media’