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Police say motorcycle gangs on decrease

Date Posted: 1999-07-30

Okinawa Prefecture Police report published last week concluded that the number of motorcycle gangs, known as bosozoku, has decreased during the first six months of the year.

However, the police report points out that there are still a number of small groups, often split from larger groups that continue to drive recklessly on prefecture’s main roads, often on certain days that they celebrate as festivals.

The number of young suspected gang members who were given “guidance” by police officers because of violation of traffic regulations, was 737, including 40 persons arrested. The violations include driving without a valid license, reckless driving and bad safety condition of motor cycles. 24 people were given guidance and three were arrested for serious violations like hiding numberplates.

The report cites 13 cases of criminal acts involving motorcycle gangs, and including six persons arrested for crimes. The Prefectural Police confiscated 108 motorcycles and one car from gangs during this period.

To combat the gangs more effectively police is planning to dispatch more motorcycle policemen to night patrols and set up more checkpoints. They also want cooperation for local residents in controlling the gangs.

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