Thousands of mobile phones are stolen in London every year, most commonly through pickpocketing, table surfing, and more recently an increase in snatches by criminals riding on mopeds.

Police run regular operations to target prolific offenders and work with second hand retailers to crack down on stolen mobile phone being sold on. The Be Safe campaign also aims to help people keep their mobile phones safe by:

  • Raising awareness of the real risk of mobile phone theft in hotspot areas
  • Encourage mobile phone users to beware of their surroundings and to take steps to minimise their vulnerability to theft.
  • Provide advice on what users can do that can help to minimise the impact should their phone be stolen
  • Developing partnerships with retailers and industry to make this easier for mobile phone users.

The campaign piloted in 2016 focusing on mobile phone theft in bars and pubs over the festive period in selected hotspot locations. It has since developed to help raise awareness of phone snatches by criminals on mopeds

Find out how you can protect your mobile phone.

Supporting this campaign

A range materials and communication tools are available to download for partners and businesses who would like to support our campaign here.