Glenorchy Police cracking down on anti-social and unlawful trail bike riding

Glenorchy Police are cracking down on the unlawful use of minibikes, trailbikes and motorised pushbikes, following an increase in dangerous riding behaviour on public streets, off-road areas and near private dwellings.

Inspector John Ward said police believe the main offenders are predominantly youths and several people have already been charged for a variety of public order, traffic, and environmental related offences.

“In all cases the bikes have been seized and will remain with Tasmania Police until the completion of court proceedings,” he said.

“In some cases, the bikes seized may be forfeited.”

“In an effort to reduce these issues, we will continue to undertake high visibility and covert policing to identify and apprehend offenders,” Inspector Ward said.

“We’re using a range of resources to target these unlawful and anti-social behaviours, including drones, which can track movements and identify addresses and locations of interest,” he said.

“Riders often wear helmets and in most cases the bike is unregistered, which is why we rely heavily on information from the public to help us identify offenders.”

“We urge any community members who have information (including dash cam or home surveillance footage) concerning the unlawful use of trailbikes, to share this with Glenorchy police.”

“This information is vital, both in reducing the offending behaviour and in ensuring successful prosecutions.”

Information can be provided by attending your local police station or calling police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at Information can be provided anonymously.