Met Police figures show a rise of more than 600% in crime involving mopeds throughout London.
London Metropolitan Police figures for 2016 would appear to show that there have been 7,668 crimes ‘involving mopeds’ in the city to date – a vast rise from 2014 when there were just 1,053 for the same period.
The rise – which according to the Met Police is mainly down to young adults and teenagers stealing mopeds and using them to commit crimes was a ‘huge concern’. But according to quotes from the BBC, they deny that the issue is becoming ‘out of control’.
“I think it’s a huge concern because it is a change in criminal behaviour.
“The fact of the matter is it’s much more difficult to deal with people on mopeds than it was people who were committing those sorts of crimes before on foot or on bicycles.” – Superintendent Mark Payne
According to the BBC, many suspects involved or suspected of crimes using two-wheels manage to escape prosecution due to lack of evidence or – perhaps even more worryingly – because many suspects aren’t being pursued at all because if they are not wearing a helmet Police have concerns for the suspect’s safety.
The Police figures for 2016 indicate approximately 22 offences being committed per day; inlcuding attacks, robberies and thefts.