Mopes on Mopeds

 

From the UK Yahoo website:

Moped crime in London has more than halved since tough measures were introduced to allow police to ram suspects from their bikes, figures reveal.

The Metropolitan Police said the number of moped crimes had fallen by 53.7% in the year since they were given the new powers.

The force said there were 20,973 moped crimes between July 2017 and June 2018, but that fell to 9,723 between July 2018 and June 2019.

Police were given powers to knock suspected criminals off their mopeds in November 2018.

Yes, even the Brits have their limit when it comes to crime, especially moped crimes. Nothing puts a stop to the nonsense like a … well, think of it as a 3,000-pound baton.

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  1. Doctor Robert Member

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 6:04 AM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher

    Go to two officers per squad car, and issue the shotgun riders baseball bats.

    I guess it would have to be cricket bats. Same principle.

    • #2
    • September 8, 2019, at 6:47 AM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Italy needs this! I was a teen walking down the sidewalk and a moped tried to grab my purse! (I don’t remember which city–probably Rome.) He broke the shoulder strap but somehow I managed to hold onto it. Back then, I thought at first that he’d just brushed too close to me. Duh.

    Edit: Well, not the moped, but the guy riding it . . .

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    • September 8, 2019, at 6:48 AM PDT
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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Moped crimes are a relatively new phenomenon in Europe, having been imported from other areas of the world.

    Choose your immigrants carefully.

    If course, if illegal immigration is permitted, you don’t get to choose.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 6:59 AM PDT
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    Doug Watt: Yes, even the Brit’s have their limits when it comes to crime, especially moped crimes. Nothing puts a stop to the nonsense like a, well, think of it as a 3,000 pound baton.

    Imagine how many other crimes the police could deter if they cared firearms . . .

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    • September 8, 2019, at 8:48 AM PDT
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  6. SkipSul Moderator

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 12:33 PM PDT
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  7. SkipSul Moderator

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Italy needs this! I was a teen walking down the sidewalk and a moped tried to grab my purse! (I don’t remember which city–probably Rome.) He broke the shoulder strap but somehow I managed to hold onto it. Back then, I thought at first that he’d just brushed too close to me. Duh.

    Edit: Well, not the moped, but the guy riding it . . .

    Could have been a Decepticon. Just sayin’.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  8. Doctor Robert Member

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

     

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    • September 8, 2019, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  9. Slow on the uptake Thatcher

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

    Bet she never did a skunk!

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    • September 8, 2019, at 4:46 PM PDT
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  10. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    This makes me happier than I would like to admit. 

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    • September 8, 2019, at 5:15 PM PDT
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  11. The Reticulator Member

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):
    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

    To get back at it for destroying your house and stealing your car.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 5:56 PM PDT
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  12. Skyler Coolidge

    Honestly, how diseased must a society be that this has to be made into a conscious policy, and that the police feel a need to apologize for adopting it?

     

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    • September 8, 2019, at 6:32 PM PDT
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  13. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Lots of fun to watch!

    • #13
    • September 8, 2019, at 7:41 PM PDT
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  14. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Honestly, how diseased must a society be that this has to be made into a conscious policy, and that the police feel a need to apologize for adopting it?

     

    Lllllllawyers. 

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    • September 8, 2019, at 7:43 PM PDT
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  15. GeezerBob Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):
    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

    To get back at it for destroying your house and stealing your car.

    I have video and photos (buried deep in my archive) of racoons that took up residence in the attic of our previous house. They made holes in the shingles and we ended up replacing the roof.

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    • September 8, 2019, at 11:11 PM PDT
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  16. ctlaw Coolidge

    What kind of uncivilized third world kleptocracy would allow such unlawfulness in its capital city?

    https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Illegal-ATVs-Go-Unpunished-in-DC-Due-to-Police-No-Chase-Policy-221585691.html

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    • September 9, 2019, at 4:24 AM PDT
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  17. Arahant Member

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):
    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

    To get back at it for destroying your house and stealing your car.

    A racoon stole your car? I want to hear about this. Of course, it explains why you bicycle everywhere.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:13 AM PDT
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  18. Arahant Member

    That was fun to watch. If I had more time, I’d search youtube and watch that stuff all day long.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:14 AM PDT
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  19. Arahant Member

    Hmmn, could also rig a dye bomb on a fake phone and walk around London hoping it gets snatched.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  20. ctlaw Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hmmn, could also rig a dye bomb on a fake phone and walk around London hoping it gets snatched.

    FIFY 

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:22 AM PDT
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  21. GrannyDude Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hmmn, could also rig a dye bomb on a fake phone and walk around London hoping it gets snatched.

    See, this is how I think too. Skunk-gland in the dye-bomb…mousetraps in my purse…or sewing pins, aiming downward, lining the opening of a temptingly-gaping bag… I consoled myself with this sort of fantasy after I was pickpocketed in Paris…doesn’t it seem like someone could make a business out of selling …what would we call them? Revenge Toys? 

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:23 AM PDT
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  22. Arahant Member

    ctlaw (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hmmn, could also rig a dye bomb on a fake phone and walk around London hoping it gets snatched.

    FIFY

    That was my initial thought, of course, thinking of the Israeli hit on a bombmaker through his phone; however; not being a lawyer, I’m ultimately not that vicious. 😜

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:24 AM PDT
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  23. Arahant Member

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    …doesn’t it seem like someone could make a business out of selling …what would we call them? Revenge Toys?

    Yes, it does seem like someone could, although the hard part is not doing permanent damage that one can get sued for. That’s why I suggested the dye bomb, which is available for retail and banking use.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:27 AM PDT
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  24. Doug Watt Member
    Doug Watt Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: Yes, even the Brit’s have their limits when it comes to crime, especially moped crimes. Nothing puts a stop to the nonsense like a, well, think of it as a 3,000 pound baton.

    Imagine how many other crimes the police could deter if they cared firearms . . .

    There are some armed street officers in cities like London. Not enough of them unfortunately. In the case of a soldier stabbed to death in North London it took dispatchers about 20 to 30 minutes to find an armed officer to respond to the incident. In one attack near Parliament the police officer assigned to protect lawmakers was stabbed to death by Jihadists, he was unarmed.

    A police officer has a right to his/her life, and it’s difficult to protect the public if you, the police officer has been stabbed or shot to death by an attacker, or attackers. 

     

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    • September 9, 2019, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  25. SkipSul Moderator

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

     

    She was a farmer, and raccoons were pests.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 6:26 AM PDT
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  26. James Hageman Member

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

    Now, for snakes you have to hit the brakes just as you run over them. Rolling over them just makes them slither off. Sliding tires smear them over the road.

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    • September 9, 2019, at 6:51 AM PDT
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  27. SkipSul Moderator

    James Hageman (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Missing from the protocol is driving over the moped thief, putting the police car in reverse, and backing over him again.

    I had a great aunt who did that to varmints. If she, say, saw a raccoon by the road (even if it was on the other side of the road), she’d aim her big Buick right at it, and if she hit it, she’d back up and go over it again just to be sure.

    Now, for snakes you have to hit the brakes just as you run over them. Rolling over them just makes them slither off. Sliding tires smear them over the road.

    You knew my aunt?

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    • September 9, 2019, at 7:18 AM PDT
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  28. Jack Dunphy Contributor

    Hear, hear!

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    • September 9, 2019, at 7:38 AM PDT
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    GeezerBob (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):
    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

    To get back at it for destroying your house and stealing your car.

    I have video and photos (buried deep in my archive) of racoons that took up residence in the attic of our previous house. They made holes in the shingles and we ended up replacing the roof.

    Possums are pests too. They nested in the crawl space of my late brother-in-law’s house, then chewed their way into the house to eat his cat’s food.

    Here in Aiken, we have a big brouhaha going on involving our elite gated community, Woodside. They are having a problem with deer, and want to have professional hunters come in and cull the herd (well, the residents voted 2-1 for the cull). However, Woodside is located within the city limits, and it’s currently illegal to discharge firearms within city limits.

    So we have bleeding-heart Bambi lovers and anti-gunners fighting against the folks who want to end the large number of deer-car accidents, or who don’t want their gardens (some professionally designed and maintained) being ruined by foraging deer.

     

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  30. James Hageman Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    GeezerBob (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):
    Why would anyone want to harm a racoon?

    To get back at it for destroying your house and stealing your car.

    I have video and photos (buried deep in my archive) of racoons that took up residence in the attic of our previous house. They made holes in the shingles and we ended up replacing the roof.

    Possums are pests too. They nested in the crawl space of my late brother-in-law’s house, then chewed their way into the house to eat his cat’s food.

    Here in Aiken, we have a big brouhaha going on involving our elite gated community, Woodside. They are having a problem with deer, and want to have professional hunters come in and cull the herd (well, the residents voted 2-1 for the cull). However, Woodside is located within the city limits, and it’s currently illegal to discharge firearms within city limits.

    So we have bleeding-heart Bambi lovers and anti-gunners fighting against the folks who want to end the large number of deer-car accidents, or who don’t want their gardens (some professionally designed and maintained) being ruined by foraging deer.

     

    Couple of decent bow hunters will solve the problem quietly.

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