Crackdown on petty theft and pickpockets
POLICE are tackling pickpockets and distraction thieves in Uxbridge town centre.
In the last two months they have arrested 11 people for crimes including theft, drugs offences and public order offences.
Police say this has led to a reduction in theft offences in the town centre.
Sergeant James Burgess said: “By using a range of tactics we have quickly identified thieves and even caught them in the act. Too often unsuspecting victims will be approached by opportunist thieves in cafes and restaurants.
“These thieves are known to use maps or selling Christmas cards as a means to distract a victim’s attention away from their mobile phone or other item of value left openly on a table.”
Of the 11 people Hillingdon Police arrested, two people have been convicted, one remains charged and awaits further court proceedings and three people remain on bail pending further enquiries.
Sergeant Burgess added: “Thefts like this happen in a matter seconds and will go unrecognised especially by elderly and vulnerable victims.
“Prevention is the key and we remind the public to stay vigilant and report suspicious behaviour immediately.”
Hillingdon Police are also reminding the public to register their property, go to www.immobilise.com.