Police tell Londoners to ‘Look Up and Look Out’ for moped crime

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Police tell Londoners to ‘Look Up and Look Out’ for moped crime

The latest stage in the Metropolitan Police’s plan to tackle moped related crime has been launched in Camden.


The new part of the campaign focuses on smartphone snatches, warning Londoners to Look Up and Look Out.


This phase of the campaign is about encouraging Londoners to take steps to protect themselves and their property – particularly mobile phones – when in public. It also encourages people to be aware of their surroundings, activate their phone's security features, and register it with UK national property register, Immobilise.


Victims are often targeted as they come out of tube stations or at transport hubs. Thieves also snatch handbags, high value watches and other items.


Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Frontline Policing, said: "Moped criminals are ruthless in their attempts to steal mobile phones. They speed up on pedestrians who are using phones and snatch them as they ride past. It happens in an instant and is very distressing for the victim.
"It is vital that we do all we can to ensure people keep themselves and their possessions safe. I am pleased that Vodafone is helping us by encouraging customers in their shops to protect their phones and valuables.
"The Met is actively targeting moped criminals through daily operations. Since July 2017 we have seen a reduction in moped crime which we want to continue. Help us stop these criminals by protecting your phone and Look Up and Look Out."

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