Met Police target owners to reduce scooter crime
In a bid to reduce scooter crime, the Metropolitan Police has launched the Be Safe campaign to persuade scooter owners to protect their bikes more effectively.
56% of bike thefts in London are of scooters. Yet up to 80% of scooter owners use no extra security other than the bike’s own steering lock.
In an effort to reduce how easy it is for opportunist thieves to take scooters, The Met’s Be Safe campaign encourages owners to reduce the chances of themselves becoming a victim of theft, and their ride going on to be in other crimes like bike-jackings and street muggings.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick said:
‘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.”
To highlight the issue of scooter crime, Met has created a natty video to demonstrate how scooters are currently easy pickings.
Owners need to take responsibility
Given the shocking number of people who don’t use extra security, it’s clear riders should be doing more to protect their scooters.
Many argue that there is no point using extra locks, because if a thief wants to take a bike, they’ll do anything, including using angle grinders to do so.
They are right, to a point, but the No. 1 rule of motorcycle security is the more you do to protect your bike, the less likely a thief will be to attack it. They simply don’t need the hassle, especially when there are so many unprotected scooters to attack.
Remember, the majority of attacks in YouTube and newspaper videos are on high-end bikes – the angle grinders only really come out for the Triumph’s, BMW’s and Ducati’s.
Missing the point
On social media, observers have laid into the police claiming, understandably, that police should be doing more to clamp down on the gangs stealing the scooters.
Typical comments include, “Disgusting. Go chase and catch the inbreds stealing rather than tell people to lock their things up better. Doesn’t matter how much you spend on a disk lock and chain against a portable grinder ” and “This statement really pisses me off, it’s our fault apparently “
This misses the point.
Operation Venice continues to target scooter crime by known motorcycle crime gangs, but due to police cutbacks, there is a limited amount the Met are able to do.
They have limited resources and can also be hampered by the structure of the Met, where opportunist bike theft is dealt with at local station level, not by a dedicated team.
Faced with such severe restrictions, the Met has to look at other ways to reduce scooter crime, and that includes getting owners to take more responsibility.
Behind the scenes, they are also trying to get the manufacturers to take bike security more seriously, but that’s another story.
Get yourself sorted:
Use as much bike protection as you can reasonably afford.