Police in Scarborough are warning people to be on their guard and keep their property secure, after a number of thefts in the town.
In the past 24 hours, four phones have been reported stolen in Scarborough, often while the owner was distracted or elsewhere:
• An iPhone 6 was taken from a handbag on an unattended pushchair in Peasholm Park on Wednesday afternoon
• An iPhone 5 was taken from a handbag in an amusement arcade in Foreshore Road on Wednesday afternoon
• An iPhone 5c was taken from behind a counter at a café in Foreshore Road on Wednesday afternoon
• A phone was taken from a counter at a premises in Belgrave Crescent on Thursday morning
Officers are urging people to be vigilant and take precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft.
PCSO Sarah Wilkinson, of Scarborough Police, said: “Scarborough is a safe place, but people still need to be vigilant. If you carry a handbag, keep it close to your body, zipped with no valuable items on display. You should also consider attaching your purse to your handbag with a secure cord, and keep your phone in a zipped internal pocket. Always be mindful of distractions, as thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal from you.
“Having your phone stolen can be very upsetting. Devices are valuable but can be easily replaced. However, your data – such as your photographs, music and personal contacts – cannot, so please take steps to ensure it is protected.
“Set up a passcode lock so only you can access your phone, and use a service such as iCloud to enable you to locate and remotely erase it should it be lost or stolen.”
Further crime prevention advice is available on the North Yorkshire Police website at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/pursethefts.