‘Heatmap’ reveals London’s most dangerous streets for moped crime – with Islington and Camden among the worst areas

A heatmap has exposed the most dangerous parts of London for moped crime as figures show how the number of incidents has surged in the past five years.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the BBC has shown the numberoffences carried out by criminals on mopeds has increased by 30 times since 2012.

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It also revealed the worst-hit boroughs in the capital are Camden and Islington, with more than 40 per cent of moped crimes occurring there.

More than 23,000 offences by criminals using mopeds took place last year, up from 827 in 2012.

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But police said they had not lost control of moped offences, despite admitting that the “disappointing” rise in crime showed there was “more work to be done”.

London’s worst streets for moped crime

Highgate Hill

Holloway Road

Tottenham Court Road

Worship Street

Green Lanes

Clerkenwell Road

Haverstock Hill

Charterhouse Buildings

Russell Square

Mallow Street

Bunhill in Islington is ranked as the worst neighbourhood in London, according to the figures.

In the last five years the area saw 1,931 moped crimes and more than 1,000 of these were in 2017 alone.

This was was followed by Bloomsbury and Holborn, both in the borough of Camden, the West End and Clerkenwell, Islington.

Caroline Haines leads the police operation to tackle moped crime in Camden and Islington.

She said her team “absolutely” has control of the issue and said new tactics have been deployed to crack down on such crimes.

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“Since January we’ve deployed a number of new tactics that are now starting to see dividends,” she told the BBC.

“But we’re not done yet, and we’re not complacent. We do understand there’s a lot more work to do.”

She said the tactics include training officers how to pursue mopeds, using remote-controlled road spikes to puncture tyres of suspects’ bikes and educating members of the public to be more aware.

She also warned that victims were often targeted around transport hubs where they were likely to be distracted with their mobile phone.

The worst hit streets in London are Highgate Hill, Holloway Road and Tottenham Court Road.

Moped-related crime includes anything from stealing a vehicle to using one to snatch an item from someone on the street.

There has been a surge in delivery drivers – who use mopeds – being targeted by gangs attempting to steal their vehicles.

Dr Simon Harding, a criminology expert, said the rise in such moped delivery services were making it increasingly easy to steal bikes.

“We also know both Camden and Islington have a high number of small alleyways and canal paths – those are places that are very easy for people on scooters or bikes to access, but very difficult for the police to follow,” he added.
SOURCE: Standard.co.uk
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