What will the changes to national police practice on cycle theft (as reported in the following article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2019/feb/22/bike-theft-affects-the-young-and-poor-most-why-is-it-not-taken-seriously) mean for the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cycle Taskforce?
It is appropriate that the MPS target what matters most to Londoners and where the highest harm is caused. At present, this is knife and violent crime and those most at risk are often from the same groups. The Guardian article reflects this priority.
The MPS will continue to undertake cycle property marking and encourage the use of Immobilise.com. The MPS also undertake MetTrace and SmartWater property marking. This activity is and will continue to be driven by neighbourhood police teams, PCs and PCSOs. Pedal cycles are also routinely examined to identify the owner in stop and search encounters.