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TV’s Judge Rinder is mugged for his phone by ‘three boys in balaclavas’

TV’s Judge Rinder is mugged for his phone by ‘three boys in balaclavas on bikes’ and London street and offers cash reward to catch the young thugs

  • TV’s Robert Rinder said he was targeted in South Hampstead around 10pm  
  • He said three boys in balaclavas laughed at him as they stole his mobile phone
  • Rinder has offered a reward for the safe return of his mobile phone  

TV legal star Robert Rinder has offered a reward for the recovery of his mobile phone after he was mugged on a London street. 

The star of Judge Rinder said he was targeted by three boys wearing balaclavas on bicycles in South Hampstead. 

Writing on Twitter, Rinder revealed: ‘I’ve just had my phone grabbed out my hands by 3 boys wearing balaclavas on bikes (Finchley Road & Canfield gardens). 

TV legal eagle Robert Rinder has offered a reward after he was mugged this evening on a London street

Rinder said he was targeted in South Hampstead by three boys wearing balaclavas on bicycles

Rinder said he was targeted in South Hampstead by three boys wearing balaclavas on bicycles

Rinder was mugged near Finchley Road Station by three boys wearing balaclavas

Rinder was mugged near Finchley Road Station by three boys wearing balaclavas 

‘They laughed as I shouted to drop it. Im in shock but am insured & privileged. Others are less lucky. Help me find these people & stop them (financial reward).’

MailOnline has approached the Metropolitan Police for a comment.  

Met Police provides advice on avoiding mobile phone theft 

The Met Police said mobile phone theft is a major problem in London with thousands of devices taken each year. 

Traditionally, thieves would pickpocket their victims or use table surfing. 

However, over the past couple of years the number of thefts involving criminals using mopeds or bicycles has increased dramatically. 

The Met advises mobile phone users to be aware of their surroundings to reduce the chance of having their handset stolen, especially in high threat areas. 

According to Scotland Yard: 

  • If you need to call or use your phone on the street, look out for anyone on a bike or a moped near you. Look up, look out
  • Make it quick so you don’t become distracted
  • Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice what’s going on around you
  • If that’s not possible, stand away from the roadside, close to a building or wall, so no one can come up behind you
  • Going hands-free can prevent a thief from snatching your phone out of your hand

Scotland Yard insists it has a specialist team, Operation Venice, tasked with targeting moped and bicycle crime. 

They are also monitoring stores that sell secondhand electronics to prevent them from dealing in stolen phones.   

The areas around Camden, Islington, Westminster, Hackney and Haringey have the biggest problems of mobile phone theft. 

Other advice includes: 

  • You must switch on your phone’s security features to protect your phone
  • Use the keypad lock so that thieves cannot immediately access your phone, or use the biometric authentication if your phone has it (finger print or facial recognition)
  • Your phone may have other security features you can use – these could allow you to wipe data, lock your handset, or prevent a thief from restoring a phone to its factory settings from another internet device
  • Consider installing an anti-theft app. These can be an effective way of helping police trace your phone and identify the thief

Source: Metropolitan Police 

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