Moped enabled mobile phone snatches

A tale from two London boroughs

Keywords: Moped, mobile phone, snatch, London


This research utilises both quantitative and qualitative methods to further examine the rapid growth of moped enabled mobile phone snatches across two London boroughs. It demonstrates how the availability of suitable victims and the roads system influences moped enabled mobile phone snatches.

The research suggests a number of crime reduction initiatives which could be adopted and studied further as to their effectiveness. The research concludes that there isn’t a single solution to this rapid growth in moped enabled mobile phone theft.

Author Biographies

Ian Brown, Metropolitan Police


Angela Thompson, Metropolitan Police


Ian K Pepper, Teesside University

Dr Ian Pepper is an advocate of lifelong learning within policing and criminal justice. He is a lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. His teaching and research interests are in police education, volunteers in policing and crime scene investigation, Ian leads on policing partnerships, including those accrediting the national direct entry schemes for Superintendents and Inspectors taught in partnership with the College of Policing. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, been a visiting scholar in the USA and has published widely. Ian is a former Lecturer in Crime Scene and Forensic Science, Police trainer, Crime Scene Investigator and Fingerprint Officer.

Ian is a member of the International Association for Identification, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Michelle Ryan, College of Policing

Chief Inspector and training co-ordinator

How to Cite
Brown, I., Thompson, A., Pepper, I., & Ryan, M. (2019). Moped enabled mobile phone snatches. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (18), 71-79. Retrieved from