Local December 13, 2022 | 8:26 am

Group motorcycle assault in Dominican Republic

To rob citizens, motorized criminals now use the “pack attack” strategy. The modality employs six people on three motorcycles and a car to transport the loot. The center team attacks the victim by surprise, while the two other teams act as a protective shield to keep the victims from fleeing forwards or backward. Thousands of motorcycles, the preferred mode of transportation for robberies and other criminal operations, can be found in the country’s vehicle park.

Because of their maneuverability, they tend to move on the wrong side or the sidewalks, cross red intersections, and seek cover in the dark at night because they lack lights. Many of them do not have factory records or license plates. Motorized criminals are now aggressive, intimidating, dangerous, and daring elements who have imposed a fear and insecurity yoke on society. 

It occurs to us that, as a first step toward neutralizing their “pack attack” strategies, the circulation of two people on motorcycles should be prohibited from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. And that during that time, the circulation of these two-wheeled vehicles is only permitted with safe-conduct or official permits, so as not to interfere with the various companies’ home services. This does not preclude the authorities from launching additional mechanisms to tighten the siege on these criminals at any time or place when they attempt to rob, kill, or intimidate the public.

A few thugs cannot subject this society to a state of outrage, humiliation, and crimes above an authority that is supposed to protect us and provide us with security and tranquillity that does not exist today.

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Paul Tierney
December 13, 2022 8:52 am

The neutralizing of the pack attack strategies as mentioned in this article is a daydream. Real neutralizing will come from more police, more arrests, convictions, and hard labor.

Carib explorer
December 13, 2022 9:07 am

It would be a good start by making the motorcycles and drivers fully licensed and having a concerted effort to make them obey the laws of the road. They need to face substantial fines and confiscation for serious offenses.

Paul Tierney
December 13, 2022 9:34 am
Reply to  Carib explorer

The behavior of the moto drivers if stopped is not to pay any fine, get another moto, not to get a license, and continue to operate as nothing has happened.

December 13, 2022 11:52 am

This an absolute nonsense article without a shred of evidence given that these motor gang attacks are occurring

Paul Tierney
December 13, 2022 1:06 pm
Reply to  Richard

Usually, it is one and at the most two motos for these robberies. This is not so say a gang of six motos does not occur, an exception but not the rule.

July 27, 2023 1:21 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

I doubt 6 motos happen often because splitting the take 6 or 12 ways is not cost effective.

Senor Hemp
January 26, 2023 12:26 am

I have had several friends robbed by motorcycle thugs. Law enforcement needs to step it up. In addition many moto’s are not licensed and some do not even have lights and they drive at night. This must end !

February 18, 2023 3:57 pm

If a law is not enforced, does it exist?

I thought matching license plates and helmet stickers were supposed to fix this. You mean it didn’t?

I’m shocked…SHOCKED! I say…that this type of crime still exists. I mean, “they” passed a law and collected fees…from the honorable law-abiding.

“They” ought to pass a law saying a 9mm to the face of a carjack/robbery is entirely legal, with the perp’s face in a special front-page section of every newspaper and media outlet, along with wailing mothers.

This “plague” would be over in a week. Bonus: illegitimacy also drops like a rock.


July 27, 2023 1:18 pm

Talk is cheap. Stop talking and do something about street crime. It’s not hard.