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Safety warning after spate of pickpockets in city centre

Posted on - 12th September, 2019 - 2:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan
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A number of mobile phones have been stolen on nights out in the city centre Pic: Pixabay

Police have issued safety advice after a number of incidents of mobile phones being stolen on nights out in the city centre.

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As the new term begins at UCLan, officer have issued advice to students, or anyone enjoying a night out in Preston, to help prevent becoming a victim of crime.

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A Preston Police officer said: “Welcome to Preston to all the Freshers attending UCLAN this year and to all the students and staff returning.

“We know that there are a lot of great night time events in Preston City Centre for Freshers Week and hopefully it will all be good.

“However (and there is always a however) in recent weeks we have had professional pickpockets out and about in the city taking mobile phones from pockets and handbags so here are a few useful tips from our Licensing Team.”

The advice is:

  • Use a zip up handbag and keep it zipped.
  • Don’t leave your bag unattended. If you’re going outside for some fresh air or going to the toilets, take your bag with you.
  • Shorten the strap on any bag you carry.
  • Don’t hang your bag off the back of a chair or leave it next to you on the floor.
  • Report anything suspicious like people paying a lot of attention to unattended handbags to the door staff.

The officer added: “Preston is still a great night out but let’s not make it easy for thieves.”

Do you feel safe on a night out in Preston? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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