December 12 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Students from Havering beginning their studies at London universities this autumn are being warned by the British Transport Police to keep their valuables safe while travelling.
Officers will be stepping up patrols at train and tube stations to advise teens and welcome them to their new areas.
They will also assist people in registering their possesions on www.immobilise.com, a website which helps police reunite stolen items with their owners.
Students are vulnerable on public transport because many of them carry expensive phones and equipment.
A number will also be using new travel routes.
The transport police recently launched Operation Magnum, a scheme to help protect passengers from pickpockets and other thieves.
As part of the initiative, officers have issued video clips showing the 13 most common tricks thieves use.
Ch Supt Paul Brogden, the officer in charge of the operation, said: “There are lots of things that passengers can do to make sure they protect themselves from thieves.
“Remember to keep your luggage close by and check on it regularly, keep your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep and always zip up any bags.”
To view the video clips, visit www.btp.police.uk/theft.
If your property is stolen on public transport, call 0800 405040.
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