Theft prevention scheme targets teens

Young people are being urged to keep valuable possessions such as mobile phones and MP3 players safe, as the government launches a national anti-robbery week.

January is the peak month of the year for street crime, as thieves are likely to take advantage of the early dark nights and target victims for desirable items they may have received as Christmas presents.

Launching the second annual SAFE national anti-robbery week in schools in England and Wales, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears unveiled an educational pack for use by schools to help young people protect personal possessions such as mobile phones and MP3 players.

The pack, which includes an interactive lesson, posters, leaflets and tips and information to help young people stay safe, will be sent to 700 secondary schools in high crime areas.

The government has issued a number of tips to help young people keep their possessions safe:
  • Don't flash valuables around - keep them hidden;
  • Be aware of your surroundings - robberies can occur anywhere, from a crowded environment to a deserted street;
  • Think about your route beforehand when travelling, especially if you're going to be on your own. Where possible, travel with friends;
  • Keep your bag zipped and make sure your wallet or purse cannot be seen;
  • Stay aware at bus stops, train stations and other transport links and avoid using your phone in these places;
  • Spread your possessions around - keep your mobile phone separate from your wallet and money.
Commenting on the scheme, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said: "Victims of street crime come from all ages and backgrounds. Around 40% of all robbery involves a victim and offender under the age of 21 and we know that January traditionally sees a rise in the numbers of victims of street crime. That is why it is so important for young people to focus on their personal safety at this time of year."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

26 October 2007
Government Publishes Cold Homes Map
A map showing the areas of England with the coldest homes has been published by the government as part of a campaign to urge vulnerable people to keep warm and healthy during the winter months.
21 August 2015
Teenager Jailed For Abduction And Grooming Of Children
An 18-year-old man has been jailed on charges of abduction and grooming. Josh Bennett, of Underwood, Rochdale, was found to have used Facebook to pester underage children for sex - and allowed his flat to be used as a refuge for missing children.
18 January 2012
Police To Rethink Trident
The Metropolitan Police have revealed it is developing a new strategy to tackle gang-related crime and serious youth violence in London.
01 November 2011
UK Better Prepared For Flooding
England and Wales are now better prepared than ever to respond to major flooding, says an independent report published today. The report issued by the Department for Regional Development, surveyed 10,000 people for Britain’s biggest civil emergency exercise, Exercise Watermark, last March to test the country’s response to floods.
09 February 2009
Minister Celebrates Eco-Schools Success
Over half of schools in England have achieved Eco School status, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced today. Visiting Long Eaton Secondary School in Derbyshire Mr Benn congratulated pupils on turning their school into an environmentally friendly flagship eco-school.