Reproduced with kind permission of the British Transport Police

How to beat pickpockets

  • 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.
  • Don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.

Watch videos on the tricks of pickpockets.

Protect your possessions

  • Install a tracker application on your smartphone, which could help trace your device if it’s stolen.
  • Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public.
  • We're more likely to recover your property if you have marked it properly.
    Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com and your phone and other electrical gadgets at www.immobilise.com.
  • Keep a record of the unique reference number (IMEI) on your mobile phone. To get this, dial *#06#.
  • Always use your phone’s security lock or PIN number.
  • Use an ultra violet property marker to write your post code and house number on valuable possessions.
  • Insure your possessions and keep the insurance details handy.