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Bar Warning

by msecadm4921

A theft warning to those working in the leisure and hospitality industries in central London.

Police are still receiving reports of thefts of
personal property at coffee bars, pubs and restaurants where property has been taken from tabletops. This is predominately mobile phones and the occasional laptop.
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Police report that the victims are telling of groups of small children of Eastern European appearance are approaching them whilst seated, distracting them with requests for directions or something similar and then stealing the property before making off.
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Westminster police say: "We are now asking those of you who are employed within the hospitality industries around Westminster to brief your staff to remind customers that as safe Westminster appears, thefts are still happening and to remove their phone / laptop from the table when seated outside, or near exit points in pubs, restaurants and other eating / drinking establishments. By working in partnership to reduce this crime, we can begin to educate the tourists and trippers who are the main target of the thieves. London is becoming safer. Let us capitalise on this trend and make life for the thieves and those who blight our society much harder."
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Advice
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Staff to remind customers of the risk.
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Staff to be aware of the thieves / likely suspects and to inform management / security immediately should they appear.
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Police to be informed as and when these thieves do strike.
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Phone users to switch to vibrate and place in pocket close to body.
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Consider signage or other visible warnings that will increase the awareness.

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