Bike enabled Thefts (2)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What proactive preventative action is taking to ensure that Moped and Bike enabled thefts are being tackled in London?


Answer for Bike enabled Thefts (2)

Answer for Bike enabled Thefts (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Offenders on bikes and, particularly, mopeds put themselves, the public and police officers at extreme risk.  Operation Venice is the MPS response to moped crime in general, and it also addresses cycle enabled theft.  That response is intelligence, prevention and enforcement orientated.

Through Operation Venice, local policing teams work with the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) to deliver a range of tactics for moped/bike enabled theft.

RTPC have developed tactics where, prior to a theft being committed, suspects are identified and stopped in a controlled manner, thus reducing the opportunity to make off. Suspects are then dealt with for all apparent offences.

Further tactics include proactive operations, micro-beat patrols, use of uniformed and plain clothes officers on bikes, and even issuing penalties to criminals cycling on the pavement.