Dramatic fall in London bike thefts

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Published on 17 September 2019 by Mike Waters

The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Venice motorcycle crime task force have confirmed a huge fall in motorcycle thefts in London.

Statistics released by the Met revealed that thefts fell from 11,395 over July 2017-June 2018 to 8,847 over July 2018-June 2019 – a 22.4% drop in a single year.

The use of stolen motorcycles and mopeds to then commit other crimes, often phone theft, bag-snatching and other robberies, has been an endemic problem in London, but the same announcement noted that crimes involving stolen motorcycles had also more than halved over the same time frame.

The Met recorded 20,973 motorcycle or moped-related crimes from July 2017-June 2018 and just 9,723 from July 2018-June 2019 – a vast 53.7% fall.

It is speculated that the adoption of new police tactics – including the controversial addition of so-called ‘tactical contact’ ramming regardless of whether suspects are wearing helmets or not, as the BMF has previously reported – may have contributed to the reduction.

Commenting, Operation Venice’s Chief Inspector Jim Corbett said: “It’s great to see that the number of vehicles stolen and the vehicles used in crime have reduced so much. However, we are not complacent and there is more work that can be done to reduce this further.”

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