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Police crack down on moped, scooter and motorcycle enabled crime

Police across London are joining forces today, Friday 5 August, to conduct a day of action as part of Operation Venice's continued crackdown against thefts of mopeds, scooters and motor cycles, and their subsequent use to commit other crimes.

Both the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London Police will be intensifying policing activity in response to the rise in these crimes, which will include targeted operations and crime prevention activity; raids on individuals suspected of stealing motorcycles and mopeds or using them to commit crimes such as theft and robbery; ANPR deployments; and mass checks on parked up motorcycles and mopeds.

The City of London Police will be visiting motorcycle bays across the Square Mile this week to educate owners on how to prevent theft of motorcycles.

Officers will also be approaching motorcycle and moped owners to encourage them to consider additional measures to secure their bikes, such as using fitted anchors, security loops, disc and chain locks and audible alarms. Members of the public are also being reminded to be alert to mobile phone crime in particular 'snatches' from thieves on bikes.

Intelligence suggests that organised crime groups are targeting new high powered motorbikes which can cost up to £15,000, and be broken down into parts and re-sold. These are usually stolen by being lifted into the back of vans, the cutting of chains, forcing and breaking of steering locks to wheel away, or sometimes even by using the propulsion of another scooter.

Using the latter method, thieves do not need to start the engine and they will often go to dangerous lengths to keep the stolen vehicle moving, including driving through red lights and using pedestrian and cycle paths. In the last rolling 12 months, there were 11,525 moped, scooter and motorcycle thefts reported across London with almost 5,200 moped enabled crimes.

Detective Superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, Operation Venice, said:

"We are committed to taking every opportunity to divert, disrupt, detect and prosecute those involved in the theft of motorcycles, mopeds and related criminality.

"This day of action will send a strong message to offenders that if they commit these crimes they will be caught and brought to justice. It also seeks to educate those predisposed to committing moped enabled crimes that they are quite literally putting their own life and those of the public at serious risk.

"Since the inception of Operation Venice, we have been working in partnership with the City of London Police and local authorities to make the streets hostile territory for criminals who steal motorcycles and mopeds or use them to enable other offences. We have also been engaging with industry to further improve upon vehicle security measures.

"It is really important that all riders consider how they can improve the security of their vehicles by using 'BSI Kitemarked' locking systems and securing them to roadside furniture or anchor points. By everyone playing their part, we can thwart the thieves who steal these vehicles to perpetrate further crimes." Detective Chief Inspector Angie Rogers from City of London Police said:

"A joined-up approach to tackling moped, scooter and motorcycle-related crime across London is the most effective way for police, local authorities and other partners to make the capital a safer place to live and visit.

"A wide range of tactics are used to tackle this increasingly prevalent issue, from intelligence analysis to identifying prolific offenders who operate across borough boundaries, to investigations into recovered mopeds and motorcycles - all of which helps improve our understanding of this crime type.

"There are a number of things people can do to lessen the chances of being a victim of crime, including using more than one bike lock when parked, locking it to something secure or in a public place with good CCTV if possible."

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