Use maps instead of phones at Notting Hill Carnival to avoid theft

India News Bulletin Desk
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival
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London police are advising people to use physical maps instead of mobile phones to find their way around Notting Hill Carnival this year and use mobiles only when “absolutely necessary”.

"Mobile phones, especially expensive ones, are a glittering prize for thieves," said Commander Christine Jones.

All too often people become victims of criminals who snatch phones from people using them to find directions. To help combat this problem, police cadets will be handing out free maps at tube stations on both days of Notting Hill Carnival – Sunday, August 26 and Monday August 27.

“We want you to enjoy all the fantastic sights and sounds of the Carnival and not have your day blighted by crime,” Jones said. “Don’t give them [thieves] a head start by displaying them openly and only use them if it’s absolutely necessary.”

The maps, which also contain crime prevention advice, will be available at the following stations: Latimer Road, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, Queensway, Royal Oak and Kensal Green.

“Pick up one of our maps instead and pre arrange meeting points with family and friends,” Jones said.

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