Witness appeal to mobile phone robberies - Ipswich
Police are warning people to be vigilant when using mobile phones after three incidents where they were stolen in Ipswich.
On Saturday 8 June, just after 4pm, a lone female was pushed to the ground and had her phone snatched as she walked close to the river along Ranelagh Road. The suspects were described as two white males, who ran off towards the train station after stealing the phone.
In the early hours of Sunday 9 June, an attempt was made to snatch a mobile phone from a lone female as she walked along Princes Street towards the train station. The female, who had been on the phone to a friend at the time and was intoxicated, was punched to the face but was able to retain her phone and run away. The suspects were described as a group of young males.
At 9.55pm on Monday 10 June a lone female was walking along Civic Drive, on the phone to a friend. She was approached by a group of three or four males, one of whom punched her to the face and snatched her phone. One male was described as late teens, early 20’s, slim build with dark clothing who spoke with an eastern European accent. Enquiries are on-going and officers are keeping an open mind as to if these incidents are linked.
Criminals committing robbery will usually target lone victims with a valuable item, such as a phone, clearly visible. Please use the following advice to help stay safe.
• If alone try, if possible, to avoid using your phone outside in public at night. If you are alone and on the phone, it is visible and you are less likely to be aware of someone approaching. Try to make calls prior to leaving your location. If you do need to make or take an urgent call, consider stopping somewhere safe and stand with your back to a wall or shopfront so you can continue to monitor your surroundings.
• Walk with other people if possible. Make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of a night.
• Walk in busy areas where there are lots of people. Avoid shortcuts through alleyways, towpaths and parks, especially at night.
• Be mindful that excessive drinking of alcohol can potentially make people vulnerable to becoming victims of crime or prompt poor decision making - we want to ensure everyone stays safe
• Register your phone at www.immobilise.com If it is stolen, update your provider and Immobilise immediately to increase the opportunity for offenders to be caught.
Officers are appealing for witnesses or anybody who saw any suspicious activity in relation to the incidents to contact officers. Anyone with information, is asked to contact Ipswich CID by providing an online update via the constabulary website: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update, quoting the relevant crime number 37/33306/19 – 10 June incident; 37/32911/19 – 09 June or 37/32857/19 for 8 June incident or phone police on 101.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org