BMF comments on bike crime crackdown
The past few months have been a dark period for motorcyclists in the news. Motorcycle- and moped-related crimes have been on the increase, with stolen vehicles often used to commit further crimes.
The latest has been a horrific spate of acid attacks on moped riders. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 15 offences, including three of robbery and one of grievous bodily harm, following five acid attacks on male moped riders on 15 July. The BBC has reported that “police are looking at whether moped theft was the motive for the attacks”.
This week, in defiance to criminals, Parliament Square was blockaded with protests against the rising motorcycle thefts, crime and acid attacks.
Government research has now also reported the biggest crime rise in a decade, and the ONS said that according to Metropolitan Police figures, robberies carried out on mopeds had risen in London in recent years, adding: “Often the mopeds used to facilitate snatch thefts and robberies are also stolen.”
It appears that big cities are suffering the worst from this epidemic. We have previously reported a 600% surge in moped-related crime in London between 2014 and 2016, soaring to more than 7,600 incidents last year. The Met Police are well-aware of the issue, having recently launched a new anti-theft campaign to help scooter commuters secure their vehicles to prevent thieves targeting them.
The BMF comment:
“The BMF will continue to advise the authorities, via our Government Relations Executive, whenever we are able. We also completely abhor the disgraceful attacks on riders going about their business and urge scooter riders especially to invest in as much security as they can.”