PEOPLE are being warned to keep their mobile phones tucked away while out visiting Cambridge after a group was caught in the city.
Thieves have been targeting pubs and clubs on the lookout for people with expensive smart phones.
Police have carried out a number of crime prevention campaigns, urging people to keep their phones safe and secure while out in the city.
The latest call comes after three people were caught with a number of mobile phones in Cambridge city centre on February 15.
Two appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court earlier this month. A 33-year-old man, from Dagenham, Essex, admitted handling stolen goods and was given a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 110 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
A 19-year-old woman, of no fixed address, also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge.
A 36-year-old man, also charged with theft, failed to appear at court.
Inspector Ian Lyons said: “We have seen a drop in this type of offence, but incidents do happen and it is often avoidable.
“We would urge people to keep their mobile phones safe and secure especially when on nights out.
“Many thefts have occurred when people have left their phones in bags or jackets then left them unattended on a chair. That is easy pickings for thieves, especially in busy areas when they can help themselves under the cover of a crowd.
“Smart phones are often worth several hundred pounds, yet people often don’t treat them as they would other valuable items. They also contain a wealth of information including passwords and bank details. I would advise people to put a PIN on their phone to prevent people accessing their device if it is stolen.
“Downloading tracking apps, such as Find My iPhone, are also incredibly helpful and we encourage people to put those on their mobiles. I would also urge people to use that type of tracker to locate their phone if they think it has been stolen rather than ring it as the thief could simply hang up and turn the phone off.”