Police appeal to festival goers

Emily DennisPolice are warning festival-goers to keep a close eye on their valuables after more than 100 thefts were reported at last year's event.Emily Dennis

Police are warning festival-goers to keep a close eye on their valuables after more than 100 thefts were reported at last year's event.

Officers are urging all those attending to take sensible precautions to try to prevent becoming a victim of crime.

Thefts occurred both from tents and from individuals watching acts and in many cases last year, and at other festivals so far this summer, items were stolen from tents while the occupants were actually asleep inside.

In a bid to try to prevent thefts police are advising -

t Think about the valuable items and cash you are taking with you - don't take more than you need.

t If you do need to take items such as phones and cameras make sure they are registered on the Immobilise database - registration is free at www.immobilise.com - and store them securely by making use of the on-site property lock-ups.

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t Never leave valuable items or cash unattended in your tent.

t When sleeping put your valuables inside your sleeping bag. At one festival recently free drawstring bags were handed out for visitors to put items in to put in their sleeping bag. All the thefts reported were from individuals who had ignored the warnings and not made use of the bags. Tuck your valuables well within your sleeping bags - it makes it far more difficult for thieves to get to them.

t Be careful when watching live performances - keep an eye on your valuables as they are easier to take by pickpockets if you are distracted.

Police are also urging those attending the festival to think about their own personal safety and for groups of friends to look out for each other when drinking and meeting new people.

Inspector Chris Lucas of Suffolk police said: 'Latitude has a reputation as a fun family music festival and we want all those attending to enjoy themselves and not to have to worry about crime. However, sadly, there are a few who see this type of event as an opportunity to steal.'

Any incidents should be reported to the nearest security officer or the campsite assistance team or text LATITUDE and your message to 86688 (non emergencies only).