Moped Mugging – The New Looting?
Until recently if I heard a moped whizzing along, especially on a sunny morning or evening, it would bring back memories of holidays in Greece or Cyprus, where just about everyone including tourists used them to get around on the islands. Very welcome and happy memories that made me smile. But with the latest increase in moped muggings – as they are now called – the happy memories are brought to a sharp halt as I suddenly think of what has been going on before our very eyes in cities all over the UK – with reports running at 60 moped muggings per day and rising (perhaps even more as some may not be reported?)
The latest moped attack – on a woman in Edgware – near where I grew up, has really worried me. She fought back, (as I have done years ago on the tube when someone attempted to steal my handbag) – and for her bravery she was punched in the face and is now fighting for her life in hospital. All for a mobile phone and a handbag. The moped muggers are pathetic – normally two of them against one pedestrian – and they speed off, knowing the police won’t give chase even if they get there in time. So why have they become so brazen? Because the police are loathe to do anything! The reason? For fear the moped muggers could crash or suffer injury and the police would then be held accountable or at the very least investigated, thereby risking the police officers’ job and reputation. How on earth did things become so twisted and are we totally alone against this latest crime wave? It certainly feels that way.
The moped muggers (some as young as 12!) are in fact so ‘brave’ (!) that a lot of their targeted victims are women on their own who they have no problem using various tactics on: circling them, dragging them along the street, punching them, snatching at their bags, money, jewellery and phones, and leaving them on the street shocked and/or injured. Some victims won’t let go and suffer serious injury in return. Not all victims are women of course, anyone who is walking along with a phone or anything valuable in their hands will be targeted, young or old, and delivery drivers especially are very vulnerable as you can imagine, just think of all those things waiting to be stolen! What a disgusting society we now live in, where 12 year olds do this for a few quid. Attacking women similar to their mothers/sisters/girlfriends and family.
And its not just lone victims walking along though. Mopeds and motorbikes are used to ramraid jewellery and watch shops, in one instance driving into Brent Cross shopping centre and straight into the jewellery shop in the path of all the shoppers. Their brazenness knows no bounds. And often involves the use of knives, swords, hammers, acid and anything that can be used to smash their way through shop and car windows. Which leads me to moped attacks on people in cars wearing expensive watches, bags or phones. Same tactics apply, use the shock factor and as much violence as needed, then speed off, like the cowards they are.
No one is immune, George Osborne had an attempted moped mugging last year for his phone and Michael McIntyre the comedian was attacked this week for his Rolex watch, while he had his young son in the car. Moped mugging is on the increase. Hugely. We had a spate of mugging by bicycle a few years ago, but that fizzled out, or diminished, after the police found a way to deal with it. But this time the police are hampered by worrying about injuring the moped riders, after one got killed in a chase. Whatever happened to ‘live by the sword, die by the sword?’ When will we start to consider the victims above the criminal? When will we acknowledge we need more police, not less, and that we must toughen up and learn to say that if you break the law you must face the consequences of your actions – moped mugging is a violent crime after all. The muggers should be chased whether they remove their helmets or not – the choice is theirs and the consequence is also theirs to brunt.
So what’s driving all this? And in those so young? Certainly not poverty. I guess it’s the ‘Entitlement’ era we live in. Everyone wants everything and they want it now, so why shouldn’t they have it now? So they just go out and take it with no feeling or compassion for those they steal from and injure. I think it’s the same mentality that drove the riots a few years ago – which quickly turned into full scale looting – and we had a summer of it. That was about entitlement too. ‘ I want it so I will take it from those who have it. Who cares about the law or society or anyone else – I wanted designer trainers/a TV/a new phone/anything I can get and lets go and smash something up and take it’… I remember being at work and hearing that some so called ‘rioters’ had run into a restaurant in Notting Hill and grabbed a few purses and credit cards – what exactly was that achieving other than greed and destruction?
Why should I and millions like me feel worried walking home late at night, or on our own using our phone, or carrying a conspicuous handbag? Why should we, the innocent party, feel we have to put ourselves on a curfew to be safe? How about banning mopeds after a certain time? Or from city centres? Or residential areas? That would certainly give businesses something to think about and they would be beating down the door of the House of Commons demanding tougher sentences instead – and then the government would listen – money talks after all. ”Have a go heroes’ – of which we have many in our country, are having success at stopping them – the police made their 1st arrest yesterday for the raid on a watch shop that has been attacked many times – because a hero pedestrian blocked of their paths. But is that how it is now? We have to do it ourselves- be our own policemen?
This isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse, and it’s all part of the breaking down of our laws and our society. As this drags on it will go deeper and already mopeds are becoming a big part of drug deals as gangs see the potential. Mopeds are also used in acid attacks – often done to people who they do not even know. Moped mugging, knife and gun crime, people carrying swords, acid being thrown …. All things we didn’t come across not so long ago. We need to get tougher on laws, sentencing, and pursuance of any crime that involves violence, no matter how young the perpetrator. And the police need more power, as do the courts and the judges. And we need a Mayor who will stand with us and demand it, not keep fighting against Brexit. Talking of which – apparently moped mugging has been a problem in Europe for a lot longer than here – if true, another fabulous bit of cultural enrichment for us!
It’s time to say zero tolerance to all violent crime, right now, or we face a summer of moped and motorbike mugging, stabbings and gun crime. Do we always have to wait for a complete catastrophe before we wake up? I hope not… it’d be nice to go back to the days when the sound of a moped was a happy memory, not a reason to worry..…