Police have released footage showing officers crashing cars into criminals riding mopeds and sending them falling into the road. The tougher approach used by police has led to a decrease in moped crime across London.
Figures show from January 2017 to October 2017 the number of crimes committed using mopeds in London was 19,455, while the same period this year was 12,419 – a significant drop of more than 7,000.
The theft of mopeds also dropped over the same period.
Commander Amanda Pearson said: “The Met is at the forefront of tackling moped and motorcycle crime and I am pleased to see that we have seen a reduction in offences.
An operation that can call on all different tactics including an experienced investigation team and police helicopters to catch and arrest offenders.
Officers feared being jailed or fired if moped riders were injured during high-speed hunts in the past, while criminals have taken their helmets off thinking it will deter a pursuit.
But the government has supported new legal protections for officers, and the Met Police announced it targets moped criminals even when they ride dangerously and discard their helmets.
Amanda Pearson said: “There is a perception that if you remove your helmet or fail to stop for police when requested to do so, we will not take any further course of action. This is untrue”.
Victims of attacks have called on authorities to prevent criminals from using the motorbikes with “impunity”, but identifying suspects is difficult by the wearing of helmets, masks and gloves.
The Metropolitan Police is using “DNA spray” to mark them with an invisible dye that places people or bikes at the crime scene, and they have the equipment to perforate tyres.
As Londoner we expect the police to use any necessary means to keep London safe. After all, these people don’t use kindness when attacking victims as they come out of Underground stations.