Moped-enabled crime

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What more can the Metropolitan Police Service do to reduce the number of crimes which involve mopeds?


Answer for Moped-enabled crime

Answer for Moped-enabled crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I know that this is as significant a concern for the MPS and they have been working to crack this issue through Operations Venice and Attrition which are based on building intelligence, identifying and dealing with offenders and running targeted prevention campaigns.

The MPS has also built relationships with manufacturers of motorcycles and mopeds and have been working closely with the Motorcycle Industry to develop joint strategies. This includes considerable efforts being made by manufacturers to make vehicles safer and harder to steal, which plays a huge part in prevention.

But the fact remains that there has been a steady increase in stolen motorcycles and mopeds since 2014, and between January and November last year, there were almost 5,000 moped enabled theft and robbery offences.

I therefore wrote recently to the Chair of the Motorcycle Industry Association to ask how we can work more closely to actually design out this type of crime.

It is also key to raise awareness, so that members of the public can better protect themselves against such crimes.

As with all crimes of this nature, that includes some simple things, such as not having your mobile on display where you feel you may be at risk, being aware of suspicious looking behaviour, and reporting any incidents to the police - which are all critical to tackling crime.