Covert tactic being used in London to tackle surge in offences involving the vehicles

Officers from the Metropolitan police are being disguised as takeaway delivery drivers as part of operations to catch and disrupt moped-riding criminals in London, the Guardian can reveal.

The covert tactic forms part of a range of measures deployed by authorities to combat last year’s surge in thefts, robberies and violent crime involving mopeds, when delivery drivers were frequently targeted. More than 23,000 moped-enabled crimes were recorded in London in 2017, compared with fewer than 900 in 2012.

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