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CAMPAIGN AGAINST ROGUE MOTORCYCLING

A DIFFERENT APPROACH


Why is rogue motorcycling still happening, and to the extent that it is happening?
Why have the authorities not yet succeeded in preventing it?
Why is a different approach needed?
In what way is 
CAMARM different?
Is 
CAMARM Vigilante?

Until now all attempts to stop illegal motorcycling in the UK have been made by authorities attempting to use the powers vested in them. Exercising these powers takes resources that are limited and are often seen to be better employed elsewhere.

That approach is essentially top-down, the powers being exercised from above.

Even when the public are asked to help they are told to report every incident of illegal motorbiking immediately to the police, and the police will come and deal with the incident on the spot, there and then.

Unfortunately, the British police know from bitter experience that by the time they arrive on the scene the incident will probably be over and the offenders long gone. The resulting perception is that the police respond in that way only occasionally, on a token basis, and the public become disillusioned and say to themselves "Why bother?".

(Immediate Reporting. 
Since creating this website, and particularly since November 2008, the immediate reporting of incidents has resulted in commendably rapid response from the local police and the catching of some offenders.  These incidents have demonstrated the benefit of immediate reporting and we now strongly recommend it in addition to the taking of photographs.)

THAT TOP-DOWN APPROACH IS INSUFFICIENT


CAMARM's approach is different; it is a bottom-up approach. In encouraging walkers to photograph number plates, CAMARM is trying to mobilise a multiplicity of concerned individuals and to provide a focus for them all to act in concert. If CAMARM can recruit sufficient members of the public to act in this way, this bottom-up approach can succeed.

Rogue motorcyclists will not stop their illegal and antisocial activity until they come to realise that, if they persist, they will be photographed and reported to the police.

One further difference and advantage in 
CAMARM's approach is that, although the photographs must be taken at the time, the police do not have to take immediate action. The police can act upon the photographs "at their leisure", when they can process the evidence and pursue the offenders at a time that fits into their schedule of priorities.

Reporting every incident immediately to the local police is also important (see Immediate Reporting in SOLUTIONS).  Used in conjunction with 
CAMARM’s approach in a pincer movement ...

CAMARM's BOTTOM-UP APPROACH CAN WORK.

It must be made to work. If it doesn't work, either rogue motorcyclists will continue to desecrate the open spaces of Great Britain with impunity or the Final Solution will have to be seriously considered.

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VIGILANTE? - NO

CAMARM's approach is NOT vigilante-ism. In no way is it acting as the law, or above the law, or as taking the law into individuals' hands. It is confined to the gathering of the evidence that is necessary for the police to act. Without that evidence the police cannot act, and the menace will continue.

VIGILANT? - YES

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