Moped-Riding Thieves Could Face Police-Controlled Drone Justice

By Gerald Lynch on at

If you haven't seen it happen in the flesh, you've probably seen it happen via a virally-shared video – an oblivious mobile-phone user startlingly robbed by thieves mounting the pavement on a moped before speeding away. It's an increasingly prevalent crime in the UK's cities, and London's Metropolitan Police is looking to introduce a new deterrent – drone pursuit squads.

“The possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to tackle suspects using two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to commit crime are currently being discussed at a national level by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s steering group and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology," said a Met spokesperson following a meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee.

Current tactics include using costly helicopter pursuits and four-wheeled police car chases – both of which have proved dangerous, if not fatal, in the past. 18 year old Lewis Johnson was killed after a scooter crash in Clapham Common, following a police car and helicopter chase in response to an earlier scooter theft back in February. [Standard]