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London phone thief explains how he can steal 3 phones in 20 seconds

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Head down, swiping, tapping, typing or watching away – we are inseparable from our phones nowadays.

They are valuable assets, not only to us, but to the thieves eyeing them up down the road.

In London phone thefts are the worst in the country.

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MyLondon reported last year on the boroughs in London with the most thefts – the top five being Southwark, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Westminster.

Thieves on mopeds proliferate these central areas of London and can make speedy getaways through various streets without getting caught.

A thief whose identity was concealed spoke to BBC Three on their documentary ‘Inside Britain’s Moped Crime Gangs’.

Footage from CCTV cameras across London shows the brazenness of the criminals as they zoom past unsuspecting members of the public and nick their mobile off them.

They even have the audacity to swipe a phone from someone whilst they are on a call.

The thief said: “It’s like stealing candy from a baby. Fifteen to twenty seconds I can get two or three phones.

“If I see it and I want it I’m gonna have it. “

They explain how traffic, red lights and speed cameras pose little problem as they niftily manoeuvre their way through London’s streets.

There is even self-recorded footage of them driving off with the police in hot pursuit.

In the documentary, the anonymous moped driver says: “It’s not like I’m robbing the whole of London…I do what I need to do in a day, make my money and then maybe hit another day.”

The thief goes on to say who their main prey is.

“Anyone who has a phone that’s out facing down with their headphones in is completely unaware to what’s going to happen – that would be the perfect target.

“The best people are those standing up with their phones in their hands – we don’t have to get off the bike, we just drive straight past, grab the phone and off we go.”

During the interview, the camera pans to a guy distracted on his phone with what the thieves say is a ‘weak grip’ of his phone which could easily be snatched.

They mention how they are unlikely to grab something off you if it’s tight in your possession since that offers them too much resistance.

“I just want to be in and out. I don’t want to be in one area for too long,” the anonymous thief explained.

The Metropolitan Police launched a campaign in 2016 – Be Safe – to help raise awareness of phone snatches by criminals on mopeds.

Some of the tips include being aware of your surroundings, not text whilst walking, using security features on your phone and in the event it does get stolen, knowing how to identify it.

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