A family of four sitting in a stationary car were robbed at knifepoint by two men on a moped in Croydon last Friday in the latest incident of moped crime in the capital.
A thirty-year-old women sustained an injury to her hand after the robbers attempted to remove her bracelet in the incident in Keats Way, Coulsdon on Friday evening.
The woman was in the car with three other members of her family – a 66-year-old man and two women in their 70s – when the two robbers approached on a moped and stole what police described “a small quantity of jewellry.”
Metropolitan Police figures show that there has been a significant increase in moped assisted crime in the last four years – in 2013 there were 1,637 related incidents, which rose to more than 23,000 to in 2017.
In order to combat moped crimes in the London area, it has been reported that police officers have been disguising themselves as takeaway delivery drivers. This followed the acid attack on Uber Eats driver Jabed Hussain that took place last July. Other tactics being used by London Met include; the use of remote control spikes to puncture the tires and DNA tagging sprays.
Police are looking for two young men in their late teens or early twenties in connection with the Croydon incident, which took place shortly before 6pm. Both are described as white, of slim build and both were said to wear black tracksuits with black facemasks and black helmets.