The motorcycle crime epidemic: The full story
In five parts we tell the story of the current motorcycle crime epidemic, discuss the solutions, and call for your help in overcoming the single biggest obstacle to solving the problem: Police policy against pursuits of motorbike criminals.
The motorcycle community faces its biggest challenge ever – the motorcycle crime epidemic that is affecting the nation’s big towns and cities and trickles down to touch nearly every biker through an almost industrial scale of criminal organisation.
Some of us have been directly affected, either through having a bike stolen, or simply by going about our everyday commute and living in fear of an attack – on both ourselves and our bikes.
Many bikers, through no fault of their own, pay heavily-loaded insurance premiums simply because they live in a hot-spot postcode. We’re all having to spend more money than ever on motorcycle security.
Even buying second-hand parts becomes a minefield of trying to avoid stolen parts stripped from stolen bikes. There aren’t many of us who aren’t affected in some way.
In some areas of the country motorcycle-related crime has risen 1,500% in the last year alone. Big cities are plagued by swarms of #BikeLife riders thinking they live in the Wild West. And kids as young as 10 are riding peds through busy crowds pinching mobile phones left, right and centre.
And the police are currently pretty much powerless to do anything about it.
In our most comprehensive campaign yet, we explain over several articles why the situation exists, how it impacts, what can be done and the role you can play in making sure something is done sooner rather than later.
You don’t need to take part in demos, you don’t need to become a vigilante and you don’t need to get involved in social media spats.
All you need to do is get familiar with the real situation, then take five minutes out of your day to do the one thing that can directly lead to change.
If you don’t have much time and feel you have a good understanding of the situation, skip now to Part 5: How you can get the ‘no pursuit’ regulations changed.
Otherwise, put the kettle on, make a brew and settle down as we try and explain how on earth the motorcycle community has found itself in this situation.
The bike crime epidemic, Part 1: Explaining the explosion in motorcycle related crime
The bike crime epidemic, Part 2: Why the police don’t pursue motorcycle criminals
The bike crime epidemic, Part 3: The devastating consequences for police who try to stop bike thieves
The bike crime epidemic, Part 4: What it takes to change the ‘no chase’ policy
The bike crime epidemic, Part 5: How you can get ‘no chase’ changed