Crack­down on petty theft and pick­pock­ets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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