Police and Council encourage vigilance this holiday season

Release Date: 19 December 2017

Neighbourhood watch groups around Richmond are being encouraged to be vigilant about the risk of moped theft in the borough.

The Metropolitan Police have written to groups advising owners of mopeds and other residents to be alert to the high risk of theft of mopeds, as well as crime committed using mopeds.

Residents should also be mindful not to leave valuables in their cars which will attract thieves. Whilst Richmond remains one of the safest boroughs in London there have been 60 cars broken into where sunglasses or sports equipment have been taken this year, the vast majority of which were left on display.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet member for Community Safety said:

“The festive season has been associated with an increase in theft offences in recent years, particularly from motor vehicles so we encourage residents to be particularly alert, and not leave valuables or even loose change on display in vehicles, which could make you a target.

“Whilst we live in one of the safest boroughs in London we are asking people to be vigilant of suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods over Christmas and New Year and exercise common sense with valuable items.”

Sgt Russel Coopey said:

“Crimes involving suspects on powered 2 wheel vehicles have been a significant problem across London this year and this has included outer boroughs such as Richmond upon Thames. Significant attention is being paid to this problem including crime prevention, partnership work and proactive operations.

“Theft from motor vehicles remains the main offence targeted this way and we strongly advise that nothing be left on display in a vehicle even if left for a short period. We also advise owners of powered two-wheelers to make sure they are locked securely to minimize risk of theft, and that information is passed to police so that we can be most effective in combatting this crime and bringing offenders to justice.”

If you have any information/intelligence that could help the Police make the borough safer in regards to Crime or Antisocial behaviour, with these types of vehicles involved, we encourage you to contact them directly or get in touch with  “Crimestoppers” by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P585/17

Updated: 29 December 2017