This circular is forwarded to local individuals who have asked me to send them a copy directly and to members of the community who act on behalf of local groups. Once I send this e-mail out, I know it gets posted to a number of Residents Association and Neighbourhood Watch websites as well as several local Facebook pages. This is great as I want this to be circulated as widely as possible. But I am mindful that some of you might end up getting this circular more than once. Please let me know if you get death by e-mail and I will see what I can do to rectify it.
Off road motorbikes and aggressive moped riding
I want to cover a specific problem this month which won’t affect you all but is a blight to those who it does affect. Off road motor bikes and quad bikes continue to be a real issue, mainly in open spaces around Ickenham and Harefield (but we do get reports across the whole of the north of the Borough) and as the summer months approach we anticipate this problem getting worse. The local police have tried a number of measures to catch and convict these individuals, including using the police helicopter. Unfortunately it is not easy to safely stop these riders. The council have also tried to secure some of these sites to make it harder for riders to gain access, and this year they will be using new legislation to make it an offence to ride these bikes on open spaces – more to follow on that in the coming months.
The other growing problem is moped riders who ride aggressively, often in groups. In recent months we have had incidents of these riders running down elderly pedestrians and riding off. Someone will get badly hurt one day. These youngsters ride around full of bravado but if they were to be convicted for seriously hurting someone, it would impact on the rest of their lives.
I have raised these two issues in this forum because I need your help on a number of front:
If you are one of those who turn up in a big van, unload a couple of bikes and buzz around for the next 6-hours I want you to think where else you can do this that is not so anti-social. There are farms not far down the M40 that allow this activity. Go there before the new legislation leads to your criminalisation.
If your child has a moped and you know they ride around in these small gangs, then step up and take that moped from them. They will hurt someone and they will be convicted. Stop them before that becomes a reality.
If you know who owns these off road bikes or the mopeds, let us know. You can drop me a line or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We will then work to seize them before they can do any harm.
Finally, the mopeds have to display registration plates. If you are in a position to safely record the number plates of these bikes, please let me have them.
If we all work together on this, maybe we can make a difference.
I know crime statistics are not always trusted and can cause division. Therefore, I will not make comment but simply produce last years reported crime figures for Hillingdon (April to April) for your information:
Burglary in a dwelling – 1818 offences (7.3% reduction)
Burglary in other buildings – 763 offences (13.7% reduction)
Robbery – 443 offences (4.9% reduction)
Theft from person – 387 offences (12.8% reduction)
Violence with injury – 2364 offences (23.6% increase)
Theft of motor vehicle – 531 offences (12% increase)
Theft from motor vehicle – 2082 offences (5.2% increase)
Police focus going forward across Hillingdon will be to target burglary and violence with injury. Locally we will also be looking at ways to reduce car crime.
Inspector Rob Bryan
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