'Scooter crime' is out of control in London. Could Cloud Parc ride to the rescue?
Over the last few years, there's been a dramatic increase in 'scooter crime' throughout the UK and, in particular, in London.
Scooter crime happens in two parts: First a scooter is stolen, then, it's used in street crimes like purse-snatching and strong-arm robberies. Thieves escape on scooters because they're an excellent way to move through crowded streets and UK police pursuit policies ensure that almost none are caught.
This is a major problem for the UK motorcycle industry for several reasons:
- Skyrocketing insurance costs
- Increasing talk of outright bans of this vehicle type
- New customers don't want to be victimized, or run risk of being mistaken for criminals
- Scooters are a gateway to motorcycle ownership, and a significant revenue stream for dealers.
A few months ago, The Guardian asked, "They’re used in phone robberies, bag snatches – and now even in acid attacks. They’re easy to steal and hard for the police to pursue. Is there a way to cut this crimewave?"
What does this have to do with Cloud Parc? Watch this video...
When I watched this video, I thought, "Hmm... I would not normally find myself watching a video of on-street parking, but this is the second time I've watched such a video over the last week or two. The other time was when I watched Cloud Parc's excellent, hi-res demo."
I'm not sure what the exact shape a Cloud Parc solution might take, but it seems to me that, for example, Cloud Parc has most if not all the elements in place to create a system that could text a vehicle owner when someone was touching his/her scooter.
A stream of stories on BBC, in The Guardian, and in the Daily Mail drive home the point that this is a completely mainstream story in the UK. Even presenting a possible solution might present a significant PR opportunity in the UK.