Police say moped crime is on the decline but residents remain concerned
PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 November 2017
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Moped-enabled crime which has been causing havoc throughout London is on the decrease according to police, but residents are remaining wary.
Targeted intelligence-led operations, increased arrests, new tactics and joint working carried out since the start of the summer, are all said to be contributing to the decline.
The commissioner Cressida Dick said she was “angered by the apparent perception amongst some criminals that they could operate with near impunity” and that tackling violence is her “priority”.
Over the last three months, there has been a 24pc decrease in scooter-enabled crime.
Only 99 incidents involving mopeds have been reported in Havering since the beginning of the year.
Det Ch Sup Jason Gwillim said: “As a BCU (Basic Command Unit), we take moped enabled crime very seriously, thankfully this crime is relatively low for the three boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, but of course one crime is too many.
“We have seen the commission of moped enabled crime drop consistently month after month.
“We are planning further operations to ensure criminal get the message that we on the East BCU are tough on crime and will deal robustly with offenders.”
Despite the decreasing figures, residents remain concerned.
Earlier this year, father-of-four Ben, 42, of Hornchurch, spoke to the Recorder about how he was heading home on his moped in Rainham Road, Rainham, when he was suddenly surrounded by a gang of eight, all but one masked, on five mopeds, screaming abuse.
They rammed his moped from behind until Ben hit the pavement, leaving him cornered until the gang rode off with his scooter.
He returned to work a few weeks ago after three months off due to the trauma of what happened.
“There doesn’t seem to be the large groups anymore but smaller groups of two maybe three bikes with two on each.
“There also seems to be a lot more muggings and people from outside the area coming into Havering.
“There is a lot more police activity and you can actually see them trying but it’s only a matter of time until someone really gets hurt.”