Celebrating two years of our off-road bike team

Date published: 30 August 2019 11:16
Dated: 30 August 2019 12:04:31

We’re celebrating two years of our off-road bike team disrupting criminal and anti-social behaviour across South Yorkshire.

The team was launched in August 2017 to tackle the county’s off-road bike problem and the criminal activity associated with it.

We know that off-road bikes are a concern for local residents and the nuisance, noise and anti-social behaviour caused by the riders can be frustrating for communities.

Over the past two years, the team have supported with many operations and have been deployed over 360 times.

The success of the team has seen them:

  • Issue 303 warnings to riders using their bikes in an anti-social manner
  • Seize 54 bikes following a warning being issued
  • Seize 86 bikes for having no insurance
  • Recover 204 stolen bikes
  • Report 101 offenders have been on summons for various offences
  • Arrest 38 suspects

Inspector Craig Clifton from our Operational Support Unit said: “Over the past two years, the off-road bike team have disrupted criminal behaviour and tackled issues that matter most to you the most.

“The purpose of the off-road bike teams is to enable officers to engage with and educate off-road bikers who are riding illegally, encourage them to correct their behaviour but we will also take action against those who are repeatedly breaking the law.

“We are now working with local partners and using technology, such as drones to enhance the way in which we tackle the problem, but we are only as strong as our communities.

“I would like to thank the public for continuing to report problems and providing us with intelligence about bikes and riders. This information has helped recover stolen bikes, and where possible reunite them with their owners.

“It also helps us link riders and bikes to crimes in which they have been involved with and continue to protect our communities from theft, burglary and serious crime.”

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