A successful operation to tackle moped and motorbike related crime in Epsom and Ewell resulted in more than 31 vehicles being stopped and a stolen motorcycle being found.
Over the past year, Epsom and Ewell has seen a rise in moped and motorbike enabled crime including violent assaults, robberies and anti-social behaviour. Following further investigation, the borough team established certain patterns within these crimes, such as the times they were occurring and the clothing worn by suspects.
The team decided to carry out an operation to tackle the problem, which took place last Thursday (12 September), with extra officers out on patrol across the borough.
Officers were equipped with SelectaDNA tagging spray, which can be aimed at mopeds and motorbikes believed to be illegal or anti-social behaviour which fail to stop when asked to do so by the police.
The DNA tagging spray marks the bikes, clothing and skin of any riders and passengers with a uniquely-coded but invisible DNA that will provide forensic evidence to link them to a specific crime.
Casualty Reduction Officer PC Ed Ferris, explained: “Tackling anti-social use of motor vehicles is at the core of reducing casualties on the roads, not only in Epsom and Ewell, but across the county and nationally as well.
“After noticing a considerable rise in moped and motorbike related crime, we decided to carry out an operation, which was supported by a number of our own officers, as well as colleagues from the Sussex Police Tactical Firearms Unit.
“During the operation, we stopped over 25 vehicles, seized one motorcycle, located a stolen motorcycle and walked the equivalent of nine miles on foot patrol over several hours around the Longmead and Watersedge estates. A number of vehicles failed to stop for police during the operation.
“We also successfully used the DNA tagging spray throughout the day to target certain individuals and work remains ongoing to continue to identify and arrest particular offenders.”
PC Ferris added: “I would like to thank those patient motorists on two wheels who co-operated with the police checks on the day, and urge the public to continue reporting motorcycle related incidents to us so that we can continue to effectively monitor and target this issue.”
Borough Commander for Epsom and Ewell, Inspector Joe Easterbrook said: “This operation demonstrates that we are prepared to tackle this issue and reassure our local communities that we have a zero tolerance for crimes of this nature.”
If you have been a victim of moped or motorbike related crime, please call Surrey Police on 101 or report online at https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/
To find out more about the use of SelectaDNA spray, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNvrCUflrF8&feature=youtu.be
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