20 October 2011

Crackdown on criminal drivers

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched a major crime busting operation with officers around the capital cracking down on uninsured drivers.

Operation Reclaim will see a series of co-ordinated actions across London with 1,000 MPS officers disrupting criminal activity by targeting uninsured drivers and seizing hundreds of vehicles in the capital.

Uninsured drivers are more likely to be engaged in criminal activity, five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have vehicles in a road-worthy condition. This sustained operation aims to cut criminal activity and make London's streets safer.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Operation Reclaim is designed - quite literally - to deliver a crushing blow against crime. Bernard Hogan-Howe demonstrated its success in Merseyside where crime fell by 40% and this new push in London shows how serious we all are about making the city safer.

"Criminals are being given the opportunity to come and collect theirs cars and face arrest or simply watch their vehicles get crushed. I'm confident this day of action is one of many new effective measures the Commissioner is enforcing to bring down crime in the capital and he has my full support."

This is part of the wider crackdown on crime in London which will have put over 1,000 more police on the streets by May 2012 than when the Mayor was elected in May 2008 and seen crime fall by 9% overall.

To find out more about Operation Reclaim, or to report dangerous or illegal road users, visit www.met.police.uk/roadsafelondon

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