Recently it has been reported recently that thefts of mobile phones are up by 17%.
Lack of Awareness in Children and Young People
Police Community Support Officers in Southend and Leigh-on-Sea have noticed that many young children are wandering around with their noses buried in their mobile phones with no thought for what’s going on around them. These children are not accompanied by an adult and could easily become the victims of a crime. Especially as their mobile phones are often the more expensive models.
The PCSOs alert children to how vulnerable they are making themselves. However it’s something that parents and mentors should also be aware of.
Adults – including Business Owners – also Lack Awareness
You would think that adults would have more self- awareness – but no! Even business owners are updating their social media statuses as they walk along. People constantly checking their texts for the latest gossip or where they are due to meet their friends.
With new technology, tourists and visitors to a town can check Google Maps on their phones to get their bearings and to find the locations of restaurants and attractions. They too are vulnerable to a surprise attack by muggers.
For both adults and children, the problem is that they walk along with the phone glued to their ear. They are so intent upon their conversation that they are virtually oblivious to what is going on around them.
Whilst a law abiding Citizen will see a mobile phone, a thief sees a wad of cash attached to their ear. S/he can quickly snatch that hone and be off before the victim knows what has happened. But it’s not just phones, music players with earphones are equally as problematic.
These crimes don’t just happen at night. They can happen during the daytime as well.