Search

Camden tops city-wide count of moped-mounted crimes

PUBLISHED: 14:35 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 18 October 2017

Moped-enabled crime has been causing trouble throughout London. Picture: PA ARCHIVE/ PA IMAGES

Moped-enabled crime has been causing trouble throughout London. Picture: PA ARCHIVE/ PA IMAGES

PA Archive/PA Images

Camden has topped a London-wide count of moped-related crimes, figures released today show.

According to the numbers – obtained from the Mayor’s office by Lib-Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pigeon – the borough saw 4,147 scooter-mounted offences between January and September this year.

This compares to 1,162 in Haringey, 2,305 in Westminster, 3,587 in Islington and 84 in Barnet over the same period. In June alone Camden saw 749 incidents.

Commenting, Caroline Pidgeon said: “Crimes involving mopeds are rapidly becoming the biggest scourge in many parts of the capital. Finding new tactics to prevent and stop these crimes on our streets is essential.

“We need to ensure these figures are quickly reversed, to ensure our streets are safer for both residents and the visitors and tourists that come to Camden, Islington and Westminster.”

Across London, there were 17,606 recorded offences involving a scooter or moped.

At a meeting in Belsize Park last month Camden police boss Catherine Roper told residents: “We are suffering from this rise. There is a huge amount of productivity going on [in response] but clearly we are not doing enough to curb things.”

A Met spokeswoman said: “Overall, every borough is mobilised to tackle offenders using local knowledge to tailor the policing required for their area, which may include patrol daily in cars and on motorcycles and bicycles, Automatic Number Plate Reader deployments, detectives conducting investigations and operations, intelligence led action on individuals, and DNA capture.

“There is also a focus on safety, deterrence and intervention. Officers have adopted both overt and covert methods to identify those people responsible, and, through a mix of judicial processes and education, reduce repeat offending whilst encouraging diversion through youth engagement,” she added.

The spokeswoman went on to advise the public to be aware of their surroundings at all times and protect their personal property. She also urged people to consider using a hands-free device to make a call and not to text or use apps by the roadside.

If you see any suspicious activity or have any information about who is committing these crimes call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Related articles

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 15:46

With Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe expecting to spend her third Christmas in Evin prison, the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt used a visit to Iran to slam the middle-eastern nation’s imprisonment of UK dual nationals including the West Hampstead mum.

Yesterday, 15:28

Police want the public’s help to identify a man wanted over two Golders Green burglaries.

Yesterday, 12:08

Dawn Barnes will be looking to upset the odds as she has been reselected as Lib Dem candidate for the Hornsey and Wood Green seat.

Yesterday, 10:23

Eastenders actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner John Partridge will be switching on the Archway Christmas lights.

Yesterday, 09:29

Hampstead’s Lisa Deaner, 54, has been shortlisted for an Anthony Nolan Supporters award by the blood cancer charity.

Yesterday, 07:00

Save Swiss Cottage is crowdfunding for a judicial review into Camden Council’s decision to approve the Construction Management Plan (CMP) for 100 Avenue Road last week.

Mon, 16:55

A workshop owner who engraves benches on Hampstead Heath was forced to break in to his own business to retrieve machinery after the landlord changed the locks and evicted him over unpaid rent.

Mon, 14:00

Champagne corks were popped on Saturday as the well-known former Blustons clothes store in Kentish Town has been re-opened as a vintage charity shop.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now