Metropolitan Police Service Cycle Taskforce

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6245
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What will the changes to national police practice on cycle theft (as reported in the following article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2019/feb/22/bike-theft-affects-the-young-and-poor-most-why-is-it-not-taken-seriously) mean for the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cycle Taskforce?

Answer

Metropolitan Police Service Cycle Taskforce

Metropolitan Police Service Cycle Taskforce

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is appropriate that the MPS target what matters most to Londoners and where the highest harm is caused. At present, this is knife and violent crime and those most at risk are often from the same groups. The Guardian article reflects this priority.

The MPS will continue to undertake cycle property marking and encourage the use of Immobilise.com.  The MPS also undertake MetTrace and SmartWater property marking. This activity is and will continue to be driven by neighbourhood police teams, PCs and PCSOs. Pedal cycles are also routinely examined to identify the owner in stop and search encounters.