‘DNA sprays’ and remote-controlled stinger devices will also be used more widely
Scotland Yard have unveiled their new BMW scrambler motorbikes which will be used to tackle criminal moped gangs in London.
The police in the capital hope these agile bikes have the ability to go after moped thieves who vanish down back alleys or congested streets.
‘DNA sprays’ and remote-controlled stinger devices will also be used more widely by forces in an effort to stop around 8,000 moped-using crimes from taking place in London year on year.
Highly trained officers will use the BMW bikes to chase those suspected of criminal moped activity caught in police ambushes.
The police are stepping up their response to the growing issue within the capital.
Moped gangs fleeing the scene can be sprayed with DNA sprays and if caught later in the day can be picked up by UV light, whilst stinger devices will be used to deflate tyres of mopeds used by criminals to flee a crime.
“I was angered by the apparent perception amongst some criminals that they could operate with near impunity, committing strings of offences using scooters,” said Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Many of London’s criminals are now using mopeds as their criminal mode of transport, with muggers trying to snatch mobile phones from people walking the streets, even using knives to stab victims if they fight back to defend their property.
Criminals are also using mopeds in smash and grab robberies, with one gang carrying out their 16th raid in just five months last month, stealing from a designer boutique.
In London last year, over 8,000 offences were carried out by moped-enabled criminals – 16 times higher than what the figure was five years before.
These criminals use mopeds because they are easier getaway vehicles and if they take their helmet off, the police tend not to make chase in case the criminals hurt themselves.
At the beginning of this month, three teenage moped gang members who stole 103 mobile phones during an 18-day spree were jailed.
“Recently, the UK – and London in particular – has seen a huge increase in what is termed ‘moped-enabled crime’ – robberies and thefts for, in the main, mobile phones,” said the prosecutor of the case Paul Fairley.
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