62 thefts at ACL weekend one reported to Austin police

Austin City Limits on Oct. 5, 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If your phone was stolen at Austin City Limits last weekend, you weren’t alone.

Sixty-two thefts were reported to the Austin Police Department from the first weekend of the music festival.

Most of the thefts were pickpocketing and the most commonly stolen item was a cellphone, police said.

Officers warned that thieves know what to do in order to keep you from reuniting with your phone. They’re powering down phones or putting them on airplane mode to prevent the use of tracking apps like Find my iPhone or Google.

APD is strongly recommending festival-goers record the serial numbers on their devices and keep the numbers somewhere safe in case police need to reference them.

Officers encourage ACL attendees to keep their phone and ID/credit cards in separate places. Phones sticking out of your back pocket or backpacks are an equally bad idea.

“Keep property in a defensible location (front pocket, stylish fanny pack or leave it at home (yeah, right!)” police said.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call APD Region IV detectives at 512-974-8100.

If your phone is stolen during the festival, notify on-site security or Austin police immediately for help. You can use APD’s online reporting site at austintexas.gov.

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