Tips to combat muggings and pickpockets
- If you are going out, take only what you really need.
- Always keep your valuables in sight: carry a bag in front of you, for example.
- Make sure your phone is not visible when cycling or walking.
- Be alert to your surroundings, also when phoning or using an ATM.
- Do not be distracted by a stranger: a ‘colleague’ of this person may strike.
- If you have a bag in your bicycle crate or basket, cover it up.
- Keep valuables as close to your body as possible.
- Make a note of your phone's unique identity number (IMEI) by dialling *#06#. This way, your phone is more likely to be found.
- Do not leave your phone lying around on a table.
If you are robbed
- Do not resist, especially if the robbers are armed.
- Give them what they ask for. Money and goods are replaceable, physical injuries may be permanent.
- Record as many characteristics of the robbers as possible.
- Immediately after the robbery, call 112 or ask someone to call this emergency number.
- Block bank and other cards.
Robbed: what now?
Always report if you are a victim of a mugging or pickpockets. Using the police telephone number 0900 88 44, you can make arrangements as to how, when and where you can make the report. Your report helps the police to make our city safer.