Bromley sees 325% rise in moped enabled crime since July, with 41 scooters stolen in October
PUBLISHED: 11:01 01 November 2017
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It has bucked the Londonwide trend of a decline in incidents
The rate of scooters being used in crimes around Bromley is four times higher than figures four months ago.
Statistics from Met Police show there were just four incidents of scooters used in crime in July, but in October that number had jumped to 17.
It comes as Met Police announced a London-wide reduction in moped-related crime, with a spokesperson describing the borough’s figures as “reasonably low”.
For owners, the number of scooters stolen between July and September had dropped from 28 to 25.
But October saw a massive spike in thefts, with Bromley police receiving 41 reports of scooters being stolen.
This week, Met Police revealed it had deployed new tactics to prevent the crime, including forensic tagging to track and identify vehicles, four new purpose built bikes and mobile remote controlled stingers.
But with a London-wide fall failing to reflect Bromley’s rise, officers are continuing to warn the public.
Superintendent Mark Payne said: “Overall, every borough is mobilised to tackle offenders using local knowledge to tailor the policing required for their area, which may include daily patrols in cars,motorcycles and bicycles, Automatic Number Plate Reader deployments, detectives conducting investigations and operations, intelligence led action on individuals, and DNA capture.
“There is also a focus on safety, deterrence and intervention. Officers have adopted both overt and covert methods to identify those people responsible, and, through a mix of judicial processes and education, reduce repeat offending whilst encouraging diversion through youth engagement.
“It is important that the public are aware of their surroundings at all times and protect their personal property, as this crime happens in an instant. I would urge people to consider using a hands-free device to make a call and do not text or use apps by the roadside, where they are most vulnerable to snatch-theft.”