Bike theft fight-back in Scotland
O New police tactics bring dramatic results in Scottish capital
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 in terms of anti-social behaviour and fear of crime but also on the owners of the bikes stolen.
“Our off-road Operation Orbit bikes, which were funded by the council, have become an integral part of the daily policing in Edinburgh, improving our ability to prevent and respond to incidents including the theft of bikes. They have improved our visibility and our engagement with young people.”
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