Moped thieves have been reported as shooting whilst trying to steal in Shepherds Bush this evening.
Police were called to Bloemfontein Road after reports of suspects attempting to steal a victims moped at 8.40pm.
A firearm was discharged but fortunately no injuries. Police are still looking for suspects.
Moped Crime has rocketed in recent years and is now a major problem. Police management decided not to permit chases of mopeds or motorbikes unless strict criteria was met for safety reasons – such as a helicopter monitoring.
Rather predictably, word soon spread and those intent on violence and theft quickly embraced moped usage ironically leading to a far less safe environment that what existed in the beginning.