18.11.2019

Table Surfing – Be On Your Guard


It is known that thieves are using ‘table surfing’ to steel mobile phones in cafés and bars in our area. An example of how table surfing occurs is when an individual approach a table with customers with two magazines or newspapers (usually free), asking members of the public if they would like one. Whilst the customer is distracted by the item, the individual is slowly moving their personal item away underneath the paper. Unfortunately, it’s an effective technique and the individual soon makes a quick exit with the person’s mobile phone.

Our Street Safety Team has been spending time with local businesses, sharing advice from the Met Police and Safer WestEnd, and distributing window stickers to help generate awareness with customers who may be at risk. We urge all individuals to be aware of their belongings at all time, and for local businesses to contact our Street Safety Team for help and advice on how to combat this stealthy crime.

Contact our Street Safety Team for help and advice about table surfing and order some window stickers.


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