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Luggage lifters and gadget grabbers targeted in operation on East Coast mainline


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This week extra officers from British Transport Police will be working closely alongside train operators to target thieves who brazenly snatch expensive smartphones from distracted passengers’ and those who steal luggage and valuables on trains.

Operation Pulse will run from Monday to Friday and involves officers from York, Newcastle and Edinburgh undertaking high visibility and plain clothed patrols on trains and at stations on the East Coast mainline from Scotland through into England.

Officers will also be holding anti-theft surgeries at stations on the route and handing out crime prevention leaflets showing passengers 13 of the most common tricks thieves use, and providing advice on how to protect themselves from thieves

Acting Sergeant Mark Mellenthin said, “Thefts on the rail network are very rarely opportunistic; they are committed by determined thieves whose sole intention is to steal from other passengers.

“We use a range of tactics to create a really difficult environment for criminals to operate within, including intelligence-led patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes officers.  The excellent CCTV network on trains and at stations also helps us identify thieves who will be caught and dealt with, no matter where they are operating across Britain.

“However, this week is also about education; we want the public to watch our video, read our leaflet and know how to best look after their property on trains.
 “Top tips include keeping your luggage close by and checking on it regularly, keeping your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep and always zipping up any hand or shoulder bags.
“Unsurprisingly, mobile phones are a popular target for thieves, so try to keep yours hidden. Installing a tracker application on your smartphone could help trace your device if it’s stolen.”

Tips for keeping your property safe on trains:
Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket
Zip up hand and shoulder bags
Carry bags in front of you, with flaps against your body
Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm
Don't display jewellery, mobile phones and MP3 players
Don't show your money - keep it safely in your pocket
Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public
Keep your luggage close by and check it regularly

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