Muggers plundering gig bootleggers' booty
And isn't it ahhh-ronic
Gangs are watching gigs to see who's filming the stage on a nice smartphone, then nicking it from their pocket in the ensuing crowds, according to a Metropolitan Police warning.
The Met will be putting up posters at venues and providing Bluetooth messages telling punters to put their phones away, and perhaps enjoy the gig rather than recording it, badly, for later review.
Nev Nolan of the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit said: "A lot of people like to use their mobile phones to film or take photographs of the concert, but will then return the phone to an insecure bag or pocket, where thieves are able to snatch it."
He stopped short of reminding them that recording a gig is piracy, but instead pointed out that many victims never realise know they had their phone stolen - assuming it lost - and thus don't report it, which means the handset will continue to be usable.
Snatching mobiles has fallen out of favour with thieves, thanks to an international database of unique serial numbers (the IMEI) which prevents stolen handsets being used. That shifts the crime to a more technically-literate gang who can change the IMEI or shift the handsets to one of the few remaining countries which haven't mandated use of the database.
We've certainly considered tapping someone on the shoulder and asking why they were apparently filming an entire gig on their mobile phone - but then we're old-fashioned enough to think something's worth doing even if there's no Facebook evidence to show we did it... ®
Crime prevention.. its assault.. Even if it was crime prevention you are not the police.
This sounds like an urban myth worthy of Snopes, except this time we know exactly where it comes from. Come on, thieves like this would be better off hanging around in shopping centres or anywhere else where people use their phones. This is a pathetic attempt to get people to stop trying to film gigs.
@ J. Simon van der Wait
They aren't recording in public - their in a venue. And yes, I have done what one of the posters has suggested by knocking phones out of the hands of the inconsiderate arseholes who block the view of the stage with their bloody phones. It helps to be six foot four, almost 100Kg and in good shape, but if I have trouble seeing a gig for all the phones, how do people shorter than me feel?