Passengers are warned about an increase in rail pickpockets
UK RAIL passengers were warned yesterday to be on their guard against gangs of pickpockets after thefts surge.
British Transport Police revealed a 16 per cent increase, with organised gangs targeting tablet computers and smartphones.
There were 17,292 reported thefts on railways in the year to April, an increase of 2,383, and later this week police will launch a crackdown called Operation Magnum.
Pickpockets often act in teams. One blocks the victim’s way while another lifts a phone or wallet and passes it on.
“While the headline rate of crime declines, the targeting of easily saleable, high-tech devices has created a rise in thefts.”
There has also been a 2.5 per cent rise in violence, the first increase in six years.