On Wednesday 3rd May my constituent Neil Morgenstern had his motorbike stolen in West Hampstead. He informed the police around 9:35pm and because the vehicle had a tracker, the tracker company was able to locate exactly where it was, which was in Kentish Town. Although the location was in the same road as a police station, no police officer attended the location, where Mr Morgenstern waited for about an hour. Then close to 11pm the gate behind which it was locked was opened and a rider came out on it and drove off towards a location in Holloway. Mr Morgenstern made his way to Kentish Town Road and flagged down a police officer, but before they proceeded to the location they took down details, then took a roundabout route by which time it appears that the tracker had been neutralised by breaking its antenna.
The motorbike was photographed the next day in Belsize Park where it was being used to commit more crime, in particular there were two people riding on it attempting to steal more motorcycles. Again the police were called, during the daytime, and took over 30 minutes to show up. At this point the criminals simply signalled to the police and drove off.
How are we to deal with moped and motorcycle theft and moped and motorcycle enabled crime and how are we to persuaded people of the importance of tracking devices after such a poor response?