A reduction in moped-related crimes across London has been achieved after a crackdown by the Metropolitan Police that includes the use of SelectaDNA Tagging Spray to mark offenders.
From July to September this year there was a 25% reduction in the theft of scooters and motorbikes, while crimes committed by those on mopeds, or moped-enabled crime, decreased by 24%.
These results came after The Met introduced new measures to crack down on these types of crimes, including the deployment of the new SelectaDNA forensic tagging spray.
The spray can be aimed by officers at moped offenders, marking the bikes, clothing and skin of any riders and passengers with a uniquely-coded but invisible DNA that will provide forensic evidence to link them to a specific crime.
The Met are also using remote-controlled 'stingers' which pierce the wheels of an offender's bike, and new lightweight motorcycles which allow the police to chase more easily. There was also a promotion to encourage scooter owners to increase their security for their vehicles.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said: "I have been clear that tackling violence is my priority. I was angered by the apparent perception amongst some criminals that they could operate with near impunity, committing strings of offences using scooters.
"We have brought all our tactics and specialists together to use every ethical option to put a stop to the rise; arrest those responsible; disrupt offenders; dismantle the criminal markets that make these offences lucrative and change the public's behaviour to make them a part of our effort."
However, moped crime is not just a London problem, and other forces have already been using the proven DNA spray technology including West Midlands Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, Surrey Police and West Yorkshire Police.
Following West Yorkshire Police’s first use of the high tech ‘tagging’ spray, teenager Connor Walker was convicted. Walker, 18, was identified, arrested and charged with two offences of dangerous driving and driving without a licence.
Merseyside Police have previously secured two convictions for anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving using the same SelectaDNA spray technology.
A day of action by Surrey Police using DNA spray to identify scooter and vehicle crime offenders led to five arrests
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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