New taskforce combats motorcycle crime
The government has announced the introduction of a dedicated taskforce to tackle the growing motorbike theft crisis in the UK.
Minister of State for Policing Nick Hurd MP has been appointed chair of the new team, which will include representatives from police forces across the country, the Mayor of London’s office and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).
The cross-sector taskforce was assembled to take affirmative action against the deepening issue of motorcycle and moped theft which rose by 7% over the course of 2018. The group intends to meet twice annually with its efforts dedicated to dramatically reducing the number of thefts while helping motorbike owners to practice greater awareness and security.
The current ambitions of the taskforce are threefold:
- Enhance vehicle security standards
- Make it more difficult for criminals to capitalise on vehicle salvaging
- Review extra measures to prevent thieves gaining access to devices that facilitate bike theft
At the inaugural meeting chair Nick Hurd said: "We are determined to take swift and decisive action on emerging crime threats. With rates of vehicle theft increasing, I am keen to ensure everything is being done to prevent these crimes... I’m confident the taskforce will significantly strengthen our response to vehicle theft."
A comprehensive action plan is due to be published by the taskforce soon.
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