'Tactical Contact': MET Police finally allowed to ram moped riding criminals
From January to October 2017 there were 19,455 crimes involving mopeds in London. The small and nimble vehicles became the getaway vehicle of choice for criminals from common muggers to violent offenders throwing acid. The little two-wheelers are perfect for the tight and traffic-jammed streets of London.
Well, no more, as for some time now Police have allowed specially trained 'Scorpion' drivers to use what's called 'Tactical Contact', where they will ram the running offenders in a manner that poses the least risk to the public while also taking care of the crim. The rather amusing results of this tactic are visible in the video below.:
The tactic isn't just effective (and I have to admit oddly soothing) visually, crime statistics from January to October show a 36% drop in moped crime over the same period last year to 12,419 offences from last years 19,455.
Until recently the criminals had one major advantage on their side - Police officers were afraid of engaging them properly as there was a serious risk they would end up being prosecuted themselves if the running away offender got seriously injured or killed. This led to many of the criminals ditching their helmets making it more dangerous and helping to discourage any potential pursuit. New legislation should see officers protected from such situations.
Moped ridding thieves usually wait around tube stations, stealing phones, wallets, watches or handbags, in snatch and grab attacks, leaving victims with little chance to give chase, as the muggers run from the scene on mopeds.
Amanda Pearson Met Police Commander said:
“There is a perception that if you remove your helmet or fail to stop for police when requested to do so we will not take any further course of action. This is untrue.
”The public quite rightly expects us to intervene to keep London safe. Our highly trained police drivers weigh up the risks and decide upon the most appropriate tactics in those circumstances.
“Offenders on mopeds and motorcycles who attempt to evade the police are making a choice that puts themselves and others at risk.
“So our message is clear: we can, we will and we do target those involved in moped and motorcycle crime at every opportunity.”