More than 600 Moped Crimes in Sutton In Last Five Years
416 crimes were committed on a moped and another 266 mopeds were stolen in Sutton between 2015 and 2019, according to new data from the Met Police.
More than 600 moped-related crimes were reported in Sutton between 2015 and 2019, according to a Freedom of Information request.
A total of 416 crimes were committed on a moped and another 266 of these small motorcycles were stolen in the borough over the five-year period.
The most frequent crime committed on mopeds is robbery, with 122 incidents reported. Another 85 were thefts, 44 involved arson or criminal damage, and 33 were violent crimes.
To tackle these sorts of crime, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has set up a task force called Operation Venice.
The Home Office claim targeted police operations and multi-agency approach have seen a fall in moped crime in 2017.
However, reports of these crimes in Sutton tripled from 68 in 2017 to 204 in 2018, which then decreased to 110 crimes in 2019.
Thefts of mopeds peaked in the borough in 2016, with 91 vehicles being stolen. 2019 saw 52 mopeds nicked, with 2018 seeing the lowest number stolen since 2015, with 34 stolen.
The Metropolitan Police declined to comment.
The findings were made by media literacy charity The Student View following submission of a Freedom of Information request.