Tuesday, 6 September 2011
A thousand police officers will be sent to guard children travelling to and from London schools this term because street robbery has become so common.

Street criminals are increasingly targeting smartphones and digital media players, and necklaces stained with the victim’s blood are appearing in pawnbrokers as jewellery theft is driven by the soaring price of gold.

Some 1,000 police officers and community support officers (PCSOs) will provide a visible presence outside schools, in and around Tube stations and on buses to reassure young people and give them tips on how to stay safe.

They will be no duty from today until half-term, which is on Friday October 21.
From April to August there were 15,766 personal robberies in London. More than a third of the victims were between 10 and 19, and 8,200 mobile phones were reported stolen.
Source: The Times (£)


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