Police launch Love Your Phone campaign in Clapham Grand
Police have launched a campaign to reduce mobile phone theft, inspired by a nightclub's initiative.
The Love Your Phone project, which was designed by the Clapham Grand nightclub, is being rolled out London-wide.
Police officers and Clapham Grand staff hosted a launch event for the campaign in the club, in St John's Hill, Battersea.
The operation will see police targeting theft hotspots and increasing patrols.
Officers will also work with businesses to help reduce their customers' vulnerability, while being advised to not put phones on display.
Businesses are being asked to support the idea to help raise awareness by displaying posters.
Commander Christine Jones said: "People are naturally distracted in busy environments, such as cafés, bars and pubs so we are working with the owners, giving crime prevention advice and information about local criminals to help them keep their customers safe and keep the thieves out."
Mark Pope, Clapham Grand general manager, said: "I am delighted that our scheme can contribute towards lowering phone thefts in the capital.
"We are delighted to be working with the Met Police in encouraging our customers to look after their property while providing a safe and enjoyable environment."
Anybody with information on stealing or handling stolen mobile phones can call 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on telephone number 0800 555 111.
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