London Police solve just 2.6% of moped crimes

Only 2.6% of moped-related crimes are actually solved by police, a new report has revealed.

Metropolitan Police released figures this week to show that only 643 moped-related crimes were solved, despite 24,294 being reported to the Force over the last 12 months to April.

Most of the crimes were muggings rather than the large scale armed robberies of Central London jewellery and watch showrooms.

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Over the past year, high profile raids involving gangs on mopeds occurred at luxury stores such as Boodles, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland.

New measures introduced by the police last year include tagging spray and more motorcycle patrols.

Detective superintendent Lee Hill, the Met’s head of Operation Vice, a unit set up to tackle moped crime, says progress is being made.

“Following the introduction in October 2017 of slim-line motorcycles, DNA forensic tagging and our dedicated Operation Venice teams, we have seen a decline in offences and more offenders being caught and brought to justice,” he told The Times.

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