Bike team taking to the road to combat criminality

Date published: 26 June 2018 11:54
Dated: 26 June 2018 12:49:48

Apprehending criminals, recovering stolen bikes and reducing anti-social riding, our off-road bike team is continuing to make a positive impact among the communities of South Yorkshire.

Aided by the swift acceleration of a 250cc Honda CR-F, to power them along road and trail, the team is helping bring illegal riders to book and reduce anti-social behaviour among some of our most vulnerable neighbourhoods, as well as tackling individuals linked to more serious criminality.

Since the start of operations in August 2017 the team has;

  • seized 59 bikes
  • recovered 77 stolen bikes
  • reported 37 people on summons
  • arrested 14 riders
  • issued 180 warning notices

Inspector Craig Clifton, of South Yorkshire Police Special Operations Unit, which deploys the off-road bike team, said: “Results from planned operations involving our bike teams are impressive in their own right and many residents will be reassured to see that we are literally stopping illegal riders in their tracks.

"Uninsured bikes are being taken away and crushed but our officers are not just dealing with the direct fallout from illegal motorcyclists. They have also recently apprehended suspects involved in alleged aggravated burglaries, recovered drugs, and jewellery that is believed to have been stolen. The off-road bike team has also arrested a man on suspicion of cuckooing in Sheffield, where criminals exploit vulnerable adults by occupying their homes and using properties to enable crime."

Organised criminals are utilising motorcycles to commit crime, which makes the rapid deployment and agility of police bikes a key tool in the crime-fighting armoury.

Inspector Clifton added: “Our motorcycle team is proving extremely flexible in tackling crime and protecting our most vulnerable members of society. Not only are they putting a stop to riders whizzing through residential areas, their ability to cover lots of rough ground is proving valuable in searching for missing people who are at high risk of coming to harm.

"A few weeks’ ago the team found a woman in some woodland after she had been missing overnight. She looked to be suffering from the onset of hypothermia, so our intervention was timely.”

At present, public and partner organisation feedback helps direct community deployment of the SYP bikes, while police intelligence helps direct targeting of serious criminality.

“We rely heavily on the public and our partners to guide our resources toward where they are needed most,” said Insp Clifton.

“It’s imperative that people continue to report issues affecting their quality of life, so we can continue to task our officers with tackling it.”

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