December 11 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Parents of children heading back to school next month are being warned by Havering Police to educate them about keeping their valuables safe.
According to the force, every September there is a rise in street robberies, with children who walk while texting or browsing the internet vulnerable.
A police spokesman said: “While the start of secondary school is an exciting, and even anxious, time for our youngsters, to thieves it can be a time of “easy pickings”.
“Being responsible for themselves during their journey can be daunting enough, but the emotional cost of being robbed during this formative time would far outweigh the financial loss.”
The police are urging parents to encourage their children to leave expensive items at home and walk home in a group if possible.
School-based police officers, safer transport police and parks policing teams will also be carrying out extra patrols on school routes.
Phones can be registered on www.immobilise.com, which enables officers to check the ownership of handsets when searching suspects.
It will also make it easier for people to block the handset and report thefts.
For more information on crime prevention, contact your safer neighbourhoods team or visit the advice section at content.met.police.uk.
An accomplice to a gang of cold-calling builders who took an 87-year-old Upminster man for £64,000 has been jailed for 18 months for money laundering.