London sees 600% increase in moped crime

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Published on 4 January 2017 by Robert Drane

BBC London reported that, in the last two years, moped crime has risen by 600% – an increase the Metropolitan Police attributed to “teenagers stealing mopeds and using them to commit crimes.”

In the article above, the BBC revealed that internal Scotland Yard statistics displayed an increase of 6,615 moped-related crimes since 2014. 7,668 crimes took place by December 2016 compared to 1,053 in 2014.

Despite a police operation to tackle such crime (dubbed “Operation Venice”), some criminals still escape prosecution because of a lack of evidence. Others choose to flee without a helmet, knowing that the police won’t pursue them on safety grounds.

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