Motorbike-related anti-social behaviour has dropped by 38% in Sunderland and South Tyneside since 2018, but officers hope to maintain the momentum
Police have re-launched a successful operation as they look to put the brakes on motorbike-related disorder in Sunderland.
Officers covering the west of the city have today (Monday) rebooted Operation Adjust to coincide with the start of the summer holidays.
The operation, which originally ran for the first three months of 2019, will again target hotspot areas including South Hylton, Pennywell, Doxford Park, Silksworth and Thorney Close.
During the initial operation, police seized five motorbikes and five vehicles that were linked with anti-social behaviour.
Four people were prosecuted, while dozens of youngsters received home visits from anti-social behaviour teams and housing providers to address unacceptable behaviour and help prevent potential future issues from arising.
Now, after seeing reports of motorbike-related anti-social behaviour drop by 38% across Sunderland and South Tyneside since 2018, police are keen to maintain the momentum over the summer.
Sergeant Keith Goldsmith, of Northumbria Police, said: “We’ve made great strides since Operation Adjust was launched earlier this year, and that led to a substantial decrease in reports of motorbike-related anti-social behaviour in the west of Sunderland.
“We are confident that our message is getting out there, and the figures reflect that.
“However, heading into the summer holidays, we acknowledge that there is the potential for increased number of people to ride around on motorbikes and get caught up in anti-social behaviour, which can cause a great deal of distress for our communities.
“That’s why we’ve re-launched Operation Adjust, which will see plain-clothed and uniformed officers increase patrols in hotspot areas throughout the summer and take positive action against any riders involved in anti-social behaviour.
“We will also work closely with garages to warn of offenders filling containers to be used for off-road bikes, as well as partners and the local community who remain our eyes and ears.
“My message to residents is simple; if you know where these bikes are being stored, where they are riding or who is riding them, please get in touch.
“That information could be key to ensuring offenders are brought to justice. By working together, we can make sure our communities remain safe places to live.”
Officers will continue to work with Sunderland City Council and housing providers to tackle motorbike-related anti-social behaviour over the summer.
Councillor Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, said: "It’s pleasing to hear that we’ve had some good results so far this year in combating motorbike nuisances.
"Now, what is just as important is making sure our city is free of this anti-social and noisy behaviour.
"If you have any information about motorbike related anti-social behaviour then please let us know. It’s always treated in confidence and you are helping to make Sunderland a safer city."
Michelle Meldrum, executive director of operations at Gentoo, said: “We understand how important it is to feel safe and secure in your own home, which is why we actively work with Northumbria Police and other partners across the city to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“We have a responsibility to help safeguard our customers and will intervene as appropriate to ensure they remain safe in their homes and wider communities.”
Jeanette Riley, a housing manager at Home Group, echoed that message.
She said: “We work with our local police throughout the year to ensure our customers are safe and can enjoy the communities in which they live. We share information and cooperate with police to do so. We will be working with them over the summer to clamp down on any anti-social behaviour.
“We treat anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and if, in the unlikely instance that any of our customers, their children or visitors are found to be engaging in it, action against the security of their home may be taken as well as criminal charges.”