With millions of spectators expected to descend on the streets of the capital in support of thousands of marathon runners, police are urging crowds to beware of petty criminals.
The annual event will see hundreds of officers from The Met and City of London Police patrol the 26.2 mile route from Blackheath to The Mall in Westminster , along with British Transport Police on the tube and rail.
Here are some top tips to avoid pickpockets and thieves:
- Keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times.
- Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest.
- Put cards back in your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
- Take a purse that’s difficult to get into such as one that zips up or snaps shut, and remember to keep it closed.
- Keep your wallet concealed in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge.
- Keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen.
- Don’t hang items on the back of a chair.
- Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair.
- Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor.
Commander Jane Connors, who is leading the policing operation for the London Marathon, said: “The Marathon is a fantastic event and embodies everything that’s great about London.
"Our priority is to ensure that those taking part and watching have a safe and enjoyable experience and I’d like to reassure people that there is a comprehensive policing plan in place to achieve this.
“There will be a strong, visible presence of officers along the entire route and at transport hubs across London, but if you notice anything suspicious, then please report it to us.
“I’d also like to emphasise that given the nature of the event, it is very rare to see crime or disorder, but I’d ask anyone planning to attend to take basic precautions to keep their possessions safe.”
The Met urges anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity to report it to a nearby officer in person or call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
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