Police warn of mobile pickpockets

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POLICE in Burnley are urging town centre revellers to be extra vigilant after a number of mobile phone thefts in the town.

Pickpockets stole up to 12 phones from people who were out in the town centre pubs and clubs over the last bank holiday weekend.

An investigation is underway and officers are examining CCTV footage to find out who was responsible.

PCSO Des Wrest said: “We are asking people to be more aware of their surroundings and to make sure they keep valuables such as their mobile phones, cash and purses or wallets safe and hidden away.

“Make a note of the 15-digit IMEI number which can be found by keying in *#06# into most models of phone. This will help police to trace your phone if it is stolen.

“Other security tips include security marking both the battery and handset with an ultra violet pen and if the phone has a security lock, make sure it is used.

“We are also asking people, to let us know if they see anyone acting suspiciously or if they have any information about who is responsible for the recent thefts.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.