ram raids

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the  value of goods reported stolen in ram raids using stolen motorcycles and motor scooters in London over the last three years; how many  arrests  have there been for this sort of crime in the same period; and do you see these events as part of a purported 6% drop in London crime?


Answer for ram raids

Answer for ram raids

Answered By: 
The Mayor

"Ram raids" are not recorded as a separate category in the MPS crime report system (CRIS), but generally recorded as burglary, robbery or theft.  It is not therefore possible to assess the value of stolen goods from, or number of arrests for "ram raids". 

Police tactics evolve to address emerging crime trends and specific problems, such as linked offences.  Operation Ringtone targets crime involving mobile devices, currently one of the most significant drivers of acquisitive crime.  Operation Bumblebee, a long-standing successful operation against burglary, will use innovative tactics this autumn to tackle anticipated seasonal increases. 

Over the last three financial years (since April 2010) burglary has been reduced by 9 per cent and robbery by 20%. The MPS has crime prevention experts helping to protect businesses across London, who have been deployed to advise on measures to target-harden premises vulnerable to "ram-raid"-style attacks.