Rainham MP urges residents to report moped crime after less than 100 incidents recorded in Havering this year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 October 2017

Reporter Hayley Anderson joined the police for Operation Venice, targeting moped crime in Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham. Picture: Hayley Anderson

Reporter Hayley Anderson joined the police for Operation Venice, targeting moped crime in Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham. Picture: Hayley Anderson

Hayley Anderson

One of the borough’s MPs says the latest police figures for moped crime in Havering should be treated with scepticism.

The statistics, obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon, reveal there have been 17,606 recorded moped-enabled crimes across London since the start of the year.

However, the information shows that only 99 of these have been reported in Havering.

And Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas says these figures do not match his own experiences.

He told the Recorder: “Unfortunately, we have to consider these figures with scepticism.

“They only record reported crime, not the actual crime that constituents see every week, and across London moped and scooter crime is up 41pc year on year.

“What I am hearing in my inbox and at my constituency surgeries is clear: moped crime is a massive scourge on our streets.

“Scotland Yard agrees that, often, hijacking is taking place in our community and the bikes are later being used in the West End. “It’s a terrifying and violent crime that is blighting our communities and needs to be tackled as a frontline priority.”

But a Detective Sergeant from the Met’s East Area Command Unit – combining Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham – stressed that officers in the area were “constantly and actively targeting moped crime”.

To make that work as effective as possible, he called on residents to ensure they always reported any moped-related crime.

Det Sgt Dean Grafton said: “Officers across the three boroughs are doing their part in tackling moped crime, the public need to do theirs and report it directly to us, otherwise we won’t know the problem areas we need to target.

“Posting videos or images on social media is helpful to some extent in identifying possible offenders, however we don’t know the location, the victims, the context of the problem.

“We have been working hard within the MPS and especially East Area to prevent crime and seek maximum disruption for the perpetrators of moped crime.

“This has been successful and has seen a continuing month on month reduction in moped thefts and moped enabled crime.”

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