Moped crime in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington has fallen by more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to the Metropolitan Police.
A “variety of assets” have been claimed for this fall, including SelectaDNA Tagging Spray, tyre deflation devices and the “faster” slim-line motorbikes used by the Met.
The DNA tagging spray is activated by police and marks 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. In May 2018, the spray helped to identify and convict two moped offenders in separate incidents in London. Both offenders were given jail sentences for their crimes.
Det Supt Caroline Hayes said: “We have still got a problem [with moped crime] across London but we have been relentless across Camden and Islington and, so far this year, we have seen a reduction of 60% in both boroughs.”
The Met recently launched its “Be Safe” Islington campaign, encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings so their phones don’t get snatched. The event, which was held outside the Vodafone store in Liverpool Road, saw police pretending to snatch mobiles from unsuspecting passers-by.
Ch Supt Iain Raphael, Islington Borough Commander, said: “Since July 2017 we have seen a reduction in moped crime which we want to continue. Help us stop these criminals by protecting your phone and ‘Look Up and Look Out’.”
Vodafone is supporting the Met’s campaign in 84 shops across London, providing information on snatch theft and mobile phone security.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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