ONE DAY AFTER police confiscated 37 ATVs and dirt bikes in Kensington, North Philly, Fairhill, Hunting Park and Cobbs Creek, police bigwigs said illegal riders should expect a continued crackdown as authorities target the hundreds of riders who turn city streets and parks into a racetrack every summer.
"The Police Department is going to take a more proactive approach in confiscating these vehicles," Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright said. "We won't get into the details of our strategy, but we will be doing more frequent operations in the future, where the element of surprise is key."
Wright said a task force of about 10 officers launched the crackdown about 11 a.m. Sunday, seizing 26 four-wheelers and 11 dirt bikes from garages and streets, more than police originally reported. It was the biggest blow to the riders since cops snagged about 20 ATVs and dirt bikes in a similar crackdown in November in and around Tacony Creek Park, Wright said.