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Police warning after criminals on bikes snatch phones in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 September 2018

Police are warning residents to not make themselves a target. Picture: Met Police

Police are warning residents to not make themselves a target. Picture: Met Police

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Police are warning residents not to make themselves a target after criminals are using moped and bicycles in Redbridge to snatch valuables in the street particularly near high streets and tube stations.

Fimber Johny, Clayhall Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) dedicated ward officer sent out a letter to residents urging them to be aware of their surroundings.

“Criminals are using mopeds and bicycles to snatch phones and valuable in this area,” it read.

“They often ride up behind the victim and even mount the pavement to grab them.

“Police are carrying out operations to target these offenders.”

Officers advised residents to be discreet and not to openly display high-value watches and jewellery.

They also instructed pedestrians to keep their handbags fastened and close to their bodies.

“Don’t text while walking as you’ll be distracted,” the letter continued.

“Go hands-free or stand away from the roadside, near a wall, so no one can come up behind you.

“Make sure the security features on your phone are activated.”

Met Police are also encouraging residents to register their phones at immobilise.com so that if their device is stolen and found, they can trace the owner.

You can also find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# and if your phone should be stolen you can report it and give the number to the police and your phone provider.

“Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device or valuables,” it added.

“If you have witnessed or been a victim of a crime committed by people on bikes report it to the police.

“Don’t make yourself a target for thieves on bikes.”

PC Johny also sent out advise aimed at residents who own motorcycles.

He said it take less than a minute to steal a motorcycle or moped and many are never recovered.

“Some are used in crime or broken down for parts - your bike could be at risk,” it said.

“Lock your motorcycle, don’t rely on the standard fitting lock.

“Use a ground anchor, good quality disc lock, security shackle or chain.”

Dial 999 in an emergency and for all other police-related matters dial 101 or visit met.police.uk

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