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Norwich revellers urged to keep valuables safe

PUBLISHED: 15:25 10 February 2011

People in Norwich who are heading for a night out have been urged to keep their belongings safe following a series of thefts.

Police have received recent reports of thefts of items such as mobile phones, prescription glasses and handbags from venues across the city.

Last weekend officers received three reports of glasses being stolen, one purse and two mobile phones from nightclubs in the city centre.

Detective Sergeant Vicky Flatt, from the licensing regulation team said: “We want people to continue to go out in the city at night for socialising, but we are urging them to keep their valuables safe. By taking a few simple precautions they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.

“We continue to work closely with the venues in the city centre, and many are providing free or low cost cloakrooms, more CCTV and increased pro-active patrols by door staff inside premises. “

Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey of the City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said: “We are working hard to catch those responsible and will deal robustly with anyone who is caught committing a crime.”

Norfolk Police offer the following crime prevention advice to keep your personal belongings safe:

Do not leave your bag or mobile phone unattended, especially on counters or tables in public places.

Always keep your valuables hidden and out of sight. Put them in an inside pocket or closed bag, not in your back pocket.

When out and about do not advertise your personal belongings and keep aware of who is around you.

For more crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

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