'Be vigilant'- police warn Norwich clubbers after a spate of phone …
Be vigilant – police warn Norwich clubbers after a spate of phone thefts over the weekend
12:46 07 May 2015
Archant Norfolk Photographic ‘ 2011
Police are warning clubbers in Norwich to be vigilant after a number of phones were stolen at bars and clubs over the weekend.
Around seven mobiles were stolen from victims in Mojos, Mantra and Mercy XS on Prince of Wales Road, Vodka Revolution in Queen Street and Bar 11 in Upper King Street between May 2 and May 4. Police are continuing to investigate the incidents and have warned pub and club goers to be on their guard against phone thieves as they target expensive mobiles in victim s clothing and handbags at late-night venues. Inspector Ed Brown, from Norfolk Constabulary s licensing team, said busy nightclubs are ideal hunting grounds for thieves.
He said: People in large crowds are less likely to notice someone tampering with their bag or taking something from their pocket. I would urge clubbers to be mindful of their belongings while out and about and not leave items unattended. If your phone is stolen then please alert door supervisors immediately the sooner we are informed the greater chance we have of catching those responsible.
Tracker devices and apps are now available to download on smart phones, android devices and tablets and can help police locate a device if it has been stolen. The following advice was given to aid mobile security- Ensure you keep a record of your IMEI – you will need this if your phone is lost or stolen.
Register your phone for free on the Immobilise website. This helps Police to identify you as the owner and return your handset if lost or stolen. Use security or PIN locks to protect your data and prevent the phone being used if stolen.
Try to ensure these are not easily guessed, such as 1234, or your birthday. When not in use, never leave your phone unattended in a public place or vehicle. Take particular care of your phone at bars, cafes, coffee-shops, restaurants and music venues – thieves often target these venues.
Consider installing a tracker application on your smartphone, it could help trace your device if stolen. If you are unsure which app to install seek advice from the manufacturer of your smartphone. If your device is stolen, act quickly by informing the police and telling them you have a tracker app installed.
If your phone is stolen, report it to Police and your network. Ensure you have the IMEI number available for the Police. Your network will provide this free of charge.
Any witnesses or anyone with information concerning the incidents mentioned should call PC Michael Pearce at Bethel Street Police Station on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555Keywords: Prince2 Norwich3