Clubbers urged to be vigilant

A number of phones were stolen at bars and clubs over the weekend.

7 May 2015

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 Saturday 2 May and
Monday 4 May 2015.

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.

“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 readily 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 is available in relation to mobile phone
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 – inform the
Police and tell 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
555 111.

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