Friday, August 16, 2013
Love Your Phone
Operation Ringtone and the ‘Love your Phone’ campaign is a partnership crime prevention initiative involving officers working across London, targeting theft hotspots with increased patrols and using all available actionable intelligence and technology to bring offenders to justice. Boroughs also work with businesses to help them reduce their customers' vulnerability with crime prevention measures and give advice to the public to help them protect themselves.
Commander Christine Jones says: “The ‘Love your Phone’ campaign will hopefully remind everyone that there are simple steps we can all take to reduce this type of crime. The way we interact with our smartphones has changed. We now involve them in our social encounters through the increased use of social media. We use them to ‘check ourselves in’ at a location, take a photo, or by looking something up as a result of the conversation. Therefore we tend to keep our phones in our hand or left on the table for quick access”.
“People are naturally distracted in busy environments, such as café, bars and pubs so we are working with the owners, giving crime prevention advice and information about local criminals to help them keep their customers safe and keep the thieves out”
"We would also ask the public to take extra care of their valuables. Many of the thefts are taking place during the day in shops and cafes but at night the problem moves to bars and nightclubs”.
Mobile phone theft has been on the rise nationally and is a particular problem near stations and bus stops or in pubs, cafes and shops where opportunistic thieves will be on the lookout for easy pickings.
The MPS wish to remind you that if you have to have to use your phone in public, remember to stay alert and aware especially when leaving train, tube stations and crowded places. Also, avoid leaving your phone on display when in bars or cafes. If you see anybody committing a theft or looking like they are about to, then ring 999!
If you know of anybody stealing or handling stolen mobile phones please let us know either by ringing 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on telephone number 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice on how to protect your phone, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team or visit http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimeprevention
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