Edinburgh’s visitors and locals are being advised to take care of their personal possessions while out in the busy city centre over the coming weeks.
The warning from police comes as part of Edinburgh’s Festival policing campaign with officers once again promoting the ‘Hold Onto Your Stuff’ initiative, which offers the public useful information on safeguarding valuables.
With so many people visitng the Capital for the Festival, police are keen to ensure that the public do not fall victim to opportunistic criminals looking to steal their belongings.
Throughout the Festival officers will be out on high-visibility patrols within the city centre and other busy areas to engage with Festival goers, local businesses and residents and provide them with ‘Hold Onto Your Stuff’ leaflets, which contain useful information to help deter would-be thieves.
Leaflets are also available at the Police Information Centre on the High Street and at the ‘Unofficial Fringe Venue 999’ in East Princes Street Gardens.
Superintendent Lesley Clark said: “We’re still in the early days of the Festival and you can already see a dramatic rise in the number of people within the city.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone who is out to enjoying a show or attraction, as well as those who live here and are going about their normal business can do so without falling victim to a theft or similar crime.
“As such we are providing the public with our helpful leaflet that advises everyone to hold onto your stuff.
“The type of thefts we typically see during this time of the year are as a result of bags, jackets and electrical goods being set down or left unattended and I would urge those coming to the city to always keep an eye on all of their possessions and report any suspicious activity they observe while out an about.”