Watch tactics used by phone thieves in city centres

Posted on - 5th November, 2016 - 4:18pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News


A number of mobile phone thefts in Preston city centre has triggered a warning from police.

Preston Police have released a video showing the tactics used by distraction thieves.

PCSO Stephen Connolly said: “I just wanted to make you aware of a couple reports we’ve had over the last couple days relating to mobile phones being stolen whilst people have been shopping in the City Centre.

“Here is a video that our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police released some time ago now however many of these tactics that thieves employ have not changed over the years.

“By having a look at this video and remaining vigilant whilst you shop, especially as shops are beginning to get much busier you can protect your property from begin stolen.”

A mobile phone thief in action

A mobile phone thief in action

Read more: Picture released after car break-ins across southern Preston

How to track down a stolen phone

You can register your phone for free on the Immobilise national database. This means if it is recovered by police they can get it back to you.

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