Police to raise awareness about thefts in Hastings

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Police want to raise awareness of handbag, mobile phone and purse thefts among people in Hastings and St Leonards.

Since the beginning of July a total of 47 reports of these thefts across the town have recorded.

The most common method has been for thieves to take advantage of a phone, bag or purse that has been left on a bench, on a table, or on the beach when the owner is paddling. Essentially the owner has left the item unattended.

Inspector Chris Veale, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “To prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this type of theft the best advice is simply not to leave your precious possessions out of your sight.

“Always keep these items with you and don’t leave them unattended.

“The Neighbourhood Team have planned a series of pop up stalls in Hastings town centre to promote the use of Immobilise, the new free national property register. The officers will be there not only to provide crime prevention advice but also to register mobile phones on the free Immobilise national property register. All you need to do is come along.

“If you don’t know our phone’s unique IMEI number, don’t worry we can find it for you and do the rest.

“We held our first pop-up stall in the town centre on July 29 and it was a great success, and 38 people registered their mobile phones on the Immobilise property register. My aim is that these people will now be encouraged to add more of their personal belongings to Immobilise.”

The next pop-up stalls will be held in Hastings town centre around the pedestrian area in Harold Place on Thursday, August 14 between 11am and 2pm; Friday, August 22 between 11am and 2pm and Thursday, August 26 between 1pm to 4pm.

Any property can be registered at www.immobilise.com.