Ipswich: Thieves target town centre revellers as iPhones, handbags and cash stolen over Bank Holiday weekend
17:13 08 May 2014
Police have warned late-night revellers in Ipswich to be on their guard after half a dozen phones and cash were stolen from pubs and bars in the town centre over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Three iPhones were stolen from a bar in the Old Cattle Market. The first was taken after being left in a toilet cubicle between 12am and 1am on Saturday.
The two other iPhones were stolen from handbags between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday and between the same hours on Monday.
Meanwhile an unattended handbag containing cash and a mobile was taken from a pub in Tower Street between 11pm on Friday and 12.30am on Saturday. An iPhone was also taken from another handbag during the same hours at the venue.
A Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen from a handbag in a bar in Coachmans Court between 11.30pm on Saturday and 1.30am on Sunday.
A wallet containing cash was stolen from a man’s pocket in a bar in Princes Street between 11pm on Saturday and 3am on Sunday.
A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Police are reminding night-time economy users to remain vigilant after six mobile phones and a wallet were stolen from Ipswich over the weekend.”
Police are advising people to:
- Keep your phone (and other valuables) in a zipped bag or pocket.
- Never leave your phone unattended on a table or at the bar.
- Register your phone on www.immobilise.com.
- Download a tracking application to your phone (see your app store or use an internet search). Have a trial run and know how to use it.
- Make sure it is safe to use your phone before getting it out of your bag or pocket. If anyone bumps into you, check your valuables immediately.
- If your phone is lost or stolen, activate your tracking application as soon as you find out.
- Know the details of your network provider and contact them immediately and ask them to block your phone if it is stolen.
- Use a password on your phone. This will reduce the risk of a thief being able to access your personal information.
Witnesses or people with information relating to these incidents are urged to call police on 101.