Advice from the Police
The Metropolitan Police have issued the following alert to pedestrian mobile phone users around Regent’s Park to be cautious when using their phones on-street.
Criminals are using mopeds and bicycles to snatch mobiles and handbags in this area, often riding up behind the victim and even mounting the pavement to grab them. Police are carrying out operations to target these offenders, but there are some simple steps you can take to protect your property.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice potential thieves approaching.
- Try going hands free or stand away from the roadside close to a wall so no one can come up behind you.
- Use the security features on your phone
- Your phone comes with a range of security features, such as keypad locks and remote data wiping. Make sure they are all activated to stop thieves from accessing your phone and personal data.
- Know how to identify your phone if it’s stolen
- Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it. If the phone is stolen, report it to the police and your mobile provider to stop it being used.
- Register your phone on immobilise.com to help police return recovered stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods.
- Police recover more than 2500 items registered to the website on average every month.
- Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device.
- In an emergency call 999 to report to police after your phone has been stolen.
- For other police enquiries call 101 or visit met.police.uk. Follow the Met on Twitter @metpoliceuk
More information on this campaign is available on the Met website, and a downloadable copy of this advice is available here. The CEPC’s 24/7 mobile Security Patrol is available on 07774 938 715.