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London’s Traffic Cops Use Special Spray To Take Down Bike Thieves!

A special spray might be the answer to London’s motorcycle crime wave, says UK traffic cops

The UK traffic cops have come up with a strange new way to tackle the rise in motorcycle thefts and associated crimes that has been engulfing London over the past year. If you’ve been paying attention to any type of motorcycle-related news outlet, you’ll probably be aware that the capital of the United Kingdom, London, has been suffering from a sharp rise in motorcycle thefts orchestrated by violent moped gangs. Not a week goes by when we don’t hear about young thugs attacking people with acid or hammers whilst stealing expensive motorcycles in front of their owner’s eyes…and often in broad daylight too.

Unfortunately, given the difficulty and risks involved in catching or even confronting a motorcycle thief, the Metropolitan police haven’t been able to deal with the criminals. Thanks to public protection laws and the obvious dangers involves, the UK’s traffic cops can’t really apprehend any suspects because engaging in a mounted motorcycle chase around the busy streets of London isn’t particularly sensible or safe. Despite all this, the traffic cops have come up with a new idea that’s being tested out right now.

UK’s Traffic Cops Employ Special Thief Spray!

Since crimes involving motorized two-wheeled vehicles has risen from 5,145 reported cases to a whopping 1636,158 in the last 12 months (in London alone), it was time for the police to act. Rather than set up road blocks or roll out tire shredders, the UK’s traffic cops are going to use a special spray instead. We haven’t been able to find out exactly how this spray is going to be employed, but it seems like police officers, community support officers, and members of the riding community will be able to use this spray to mark thieves before they flee the scene of a crime…

The spray itself is made up of a special formula that sticks to clothing and leaves behind a specific chemical footprint that is only detectable under ultraviolet light. The hope is that thieves that have been marked at the scene of a crime can be apprehended later, in a more safe location and under circumstances that work better for the local traffic cops.

It’s still under testing, but we’re not sure it’s going to work out. It’s a great idea and all that, but if you’ve gone through the effort to get close enough to spray a motorcycle thief, you might as well just tackle them to the ground or something. We don’t know the specifics, but we’re looking forward to seeing it in action. Anything that stops motorcycle thieves in their tracks is a welcome addition to the arsenal.

Something has to be done though – these gangs are getting bolder and more dangerous. Acid and hammer attacks are on the rise too, and it won’t be long until we get copycat offenders trying the same things out over here too.


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Joe Appleton
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