While carrying a cell phone on your person should make you feel more safe, it could be the very thing that attracts crime.
Surrey residents – and in particular younger people – are being warned to be aware of potential theft of their personal electronic devices.
Surrey RCMP warn that there have been over 20 reported robberies at various locations in the city since December, typically involving a lone victim who is approached on the street.
The perpetrators (often in a group of between two and five) demand the victim’s valuables, and use a threat of violence or produce a weapon to intimidate.
In almost all incidents, electronic devices, mobile phones or cash are the targets in the robbery.
The suspects are described as young males, in their early 20’s with thin builds, and they are generally on foot. The RCMP Robbery Unit ensures the public they are investigating and making arrests.
The RCMP want individuals to be vigilant of their surroundings, particularly between the hours of 7 pm and 3 am. “Trust your instincts by being aware of your surroundings and staying in well-lit areas,” says Sergeant Dale Carr. “Don’t text while walking, and keep valuable possessions out of sight.”
“In the event you are robbed, do not fight back, and if possible…. blah blah blah”
For additional tips on preventing mobile phone theft, visit the “Protect Yourself” section of RCMP website (www.rcmp.com), or if witnessing a crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.