London cops fail to catch 97% of moped criminals

Watches of Switzerland Oxford Street raid

High profile raids involving gangs on mopeds at Watches of Switzerland, Boodles, Watchfinder and Mappin & Webb over the past year are among 24,294 reported crimes in the 12 months to April reported to London’s Metropolitan Police.

A report released by the Metropolitan Police this week disclosed that only 643 moped-related crimes were solved; just 2.6% of the total.

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

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One victim was the comedian Michael McIntyre, who had his Rolex stolen by a mugger on a moped.

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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