Police warnings in Romanian attempt to stop pickpockets targetting Christmas shoppers

Police warnings in Romanian have appeared on a London street in attempt to stop pickpockets targetting Christmas shoppers.

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The notices have been posted in Covent Garden are thought to be aimed at organised criminal gangs.

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The Romanian text 'Ofiteri de politie in civil opereaza in aceasta zona' translates as 'Plainclothes police officers operating in this area.'

Scotland Yard described it as a crime prevention tactic to give reassurance about the presence of police officers.

Over 28 million tourists visit the West End every year. Leicester Square alone has the highest concentration of licensed premises in Europe, and sees in excess of 225,000 visitors every Saturday night.

In order to deter criminality, officers in Westminster deploy a number of tactics including high-visibility patrols as well as plain-clothes operations, whilst offering crime prevention advice to residents, visitors and local businesses.

Crime prevention methods also include the use of signs - in a variety of languages - warning people of the risk of pick-pocketing in the area and providing reassurance regarding the presence of officers.

– Metropolitan Police