Three to four phones stolen every weekend in Lincoln nightclubs
Three to four phones are stolen every weekend in Lincoln clubs, according to Lincolnshire Police.
And they suspect the phone thieves are really organised crime gangs.
Police say a recent case which led to an arrest, ended up with several phones being recovered.
Police were notified when two stolen phones were used elsewhere in the UK, because they had been registered online.
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They were able to locate them and arrest the alleged offenders, who are suspected of thefts across the UK.
PC Steve Parker said: “We do still have a real issue with the theft of mobile phones in Lincoln, particularly from the city’s nightclubs.
"We average three or four every weekend, either from handbags, or phones that have been left on tables while people go to the bar or use the toilets.
“We believe organised criminal gangs are targeting premises in Lincoln and we have examples where 12 smart phones have gone in one night.
“The message is two-fold.
"You need to be very careful with your smart phone when you are out for the evening – never leave it out on a table or in an unattended bag.
“Secondly, always register your phone’s IMEI number. To get it just dial *#06# on any handset and it will appear.
"This means we can trace the handsets before they are sold on and leave the UK and hopefully make more arrests in this area.”"