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Inside Britain's Moped Crime Gangs

Documentary looking at moped thieves. Livvy Haydock meets the UK's newest type of criminal, who have contributed to an alarming rise in violent crime, after decades of decline.

Reporter Livvy Haydock meets three of the UK's newest type of criminal, thieves who commit their crimes using mopeds.

All from London, they have contributed to an alarming rise in violent crime in the city. In 2017 there were over 23,000 crimes committed on motorbikes, an average of 64 per day. This is a 163% rise on the previous year.

Livvy rides on the back of a moped with a thief who points out which members of the public make good targets and which ones are protecting themselves. She also accompanies an armed robber as he scouts jewellers in Notting Hill to point out security flaws.

One man, who had previously boasted about being a good race car driver, is helped by Livvy to quit crime when she is able to get him a chance to impress in a Formula 1 Renault test session.

Finally, Livvy learns about the advanced phone security hacking involved in making the thefts profitable. One thief is able to sell five of the latest smartphones, all stolen within an afternoon, for £150-£250 each, when the normal price on the black market is £30-40 per phone. This higher price is due to the thief's buyer ability to recycle the phones abroad without any loss of functionality.

42 minutes

Last on

Wed 14 Mar 2018 00:15


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Audio Bullys

    We Don't Care

  • 00:06


    London Town

  • 00:09

    Chase & Status

    Street Life (feat. Takura Tendayi)

  • 00:13


    Leave House

  • 00:16

    Ed Sheeran

    The City

  • 00:17

    Chase & Status


  • 00:20

    Young Fathers

    Rain Or Shine

  • 00:23


    12 Deaf (feat. Dave Okumu)

  • 00:24


    Cash and Carry Me Home

  • 00:29

    Dana Jade


  • 00:31


    Run Run Run

  • 00:34

    The Chemical Brothers

    Do It Again

  • 00:35

    They Might Be Giants

    Man, It's So Loud In Here

  • 00:36


    Eyesdown (feat. Andreya Triana)

  • 00:37

    Jon Hopkins



Role Contributor
Reporter Livvy Haydock
Executive Producer Mike Radford
Producer Nick Norman-Butler
Director Nick Norman-Butler


  • Tue 13 Mar 2018 23:15
  • Tue 13 Mar 2018 23:40
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 00:10
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 00:15

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