15,000 mopeds and motorbikes stolen in a year

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15,000 mopeds and motorbikes stolen in a year

Figures show 15,000 scooters, mopeds and motorcycles have been stolen in London, in the last year.

Police believe the thieves are then using the vehicles to carry out other crimes, including distributing drugs, phone snatching and carrying weapons.

Today as part of the Met's Operation Venice, officers warned drivers of the risks of theft, and how to prevent it. 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick said:

“We are hugely grateful for all the support we have received over the last weeks and months following the awful events here in London and the overwhelming desire of our public to help us. I would say to all of you – one of the best things that Londoners can do to support us is to follow our advice in taking care of your property and help us stop crime before it happens.
“This campaign is about encouraging scooter owners to do everything they can to adequately secure their vehicle against its theft and its subsequent use to commit thefts and violent robberies against the public.

“Police are working hard to make the streets hostile territory for reckless criminals who endanger lives, but it is the easy availability of scooters that is driving the rise in scooter enabled crime. So, I urge all riders: properly secure your scooter to reduce its risk of theft. If everyone plays their part, we can thwart these thieves.”

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) said: 

“The MCIA is pleased to support this campaign to help riders make their bikes more secure. All riders must play their part in tackling motorcycle and scooter theft by taking sensible security measures when parking – using two or more high quality locks will help to deter opportunistic thieves. Our message is simple – protect your bike by layering your security!”

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