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There have been a number of Mobile Phone snatch thefts and attempted thefts in the Palmers Green area and across Enfield Borough into Haringey.

Thieves are riding mopeds onto the pavement and are snatching phones from victims' hands while they are using their handsets.  Don't make yourself an easy target.  Please be aware of your surroundings when using your phone and take note of the advice below.

keep your phone out of sight

Don't give thieves an easy opportunity: think before you use your phone in public

  • Be aware of what's happening around you, especially in tube/ train stations and crowded places
  • Don't leave your phone on tables in pubs and restaurants
  • When you leave a train or tube station don't use your phone immediately, leave it a while
  • Don't walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you
  • Keep calls in public as brief as possible; the longer you talk, the more likely you will be targeted by potential thieves

If your phone is stolen

  • Report it to your service provider immediately so they can prevent anyone else from using it
  • Report the theft to the police and your insurance provider, if you have one.

Give yourself the best chance of recovering your phone if it is stolen

  • Mark your phone with your postcode and house number. You can use a UV pen for this

Register your phone for free at

  • Your phone has a unique 15 digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. Type *#06# on your keypad to access this number. Register the number with Immobilise. Also register this number with your service provider and if your phone is stolen, they will be able to bar its use across every network

If you have information about any crime and would would prefer not to speak to police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit:

Crimestoppers is an independent charity

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