OVER 40 mobile phones have been stolen in Edinburgh pubs and clubs over a five day period
Police are now urging the public to keep belongings safe following the thefts
They occured between Wednesday, October 30 and Sunday November 3.
In each instance, the victim reported having their belongings removed from their handbag or coat.
While a number of these thefts occurred when the items were left unattended, the majority took place while the victims were carrying their bags.
Sergeant Kevin Rafferty said: “Edinburgh remains a safe place to enjoy the night time economy. However, criminals continue to operate throughout the Capital and it is important that the public take all the necessary steps to ensure they are not targeted.
“Handbags and coats should never be left unattended while within a pub, club or restaurant. Where possible keep them within your possession or check them into a cloakroom where they will be supervised.
“When walking to and from pubs and clubs and when on your way home always be aware of your surroundings and report anyone acting suspiciously around you to police.
“Anyone wishing more advice on crime prevention and keeping their belongings safe can contact their local policing team.”