Police in Doncaster are asking the public to keep a close eye on their personal belongings, particularly their mobile phones, following an increase in reported thefts in the town centre.
Officers are aware of over 70 reported thefts of mobile phones since 4 December 2014 and are reminding the public to be mindful of their property.
PC Iain Robb said: “Many of these incidents took place late at night, between 10pm and 4am, while people are out and about in the town centre enjoying the nightlife.
“I’d like to remind everyone to keep a close eye on their things, especially their mobile phones, if they’re in a busy pub or club.
“If you carry your phone in a purse or bag, make sure it is closed whenever you’re not using it and keep valuables out of sight.”
At this time, officers aren’t sure whether the thefts are the work of opportunistic criminals or if they are linked.
PC Robb continued: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry and are concerned that the number of thefts appears to be on the rise.
“A team of officers will be raising awareness of this issue at the weekend and we’re working closely with licensed premises and local businesses to see how we can reduce this crime.”
If anyone has any information relating to the theft of mobile phones, or wants to report someone behaving suspiciously, please call 101.