Keeping it out of sight, won’t ruin your night

In February of 2012, the BBC reported that mobile phone thefts in the London borough of Islington had increased by 400% over 12 months.

As the availability of camera phones and the culture of recording on them increases, if you are filming inside our venue for a short or prolonged period of time, you are making yourself even more visible to a small percentage of people who are motivated to steal your possessions. You wouldn’t stand in a crowded environment holding a wad of £50 notes above your head so please, if you do have to bring your phone to our venue, be aware that your free-on-contract handset is worth a lot more in other hands. Keeping it out of sight, won’t ruin your night.

Following the launch of our phone safety campaign in October 2012 and having worked closely with Islington Police, we’ve concluded that 95% of phone theft victims over this time inside fabric have been female.

Furthermore, almost all of these thefts report that phones are being taken from bags in and around the dancefloors and bar areas.

We can only urge all comers to take every precaution possible when attending fabric to keep your phone safe.

  • Don’t leave your handbag open.
  • Keep your phone in a secure place.
  • Avoid displaying your phone unnecessarily.
  • Inform one of our security team if you see something suspicious as soon as possible.

When inside fabric, you are underground and as such phone reception is patchy. Plus filming inside is actively discouraged. Please, don’t advertise your property:

  • Avoid displaying your phone and valuables unnecessarily, for example photographing or recording artists/DJs.
  • Keep your phone in a secure place, not in a loose, easily accessible back pocket.
  • Be aware of the behaviour of those around you. Report anything suspicious to a security guard or steward.

Please, don’t let it ruin your night:

  • Activate you phone's security code.
  • Back up all your contacts and data before you leave home.
  • Make your phone identifiable - use permanent property marking techniques and mark the battery.
  • Register your mobile phone’s IMEI number for FREE on
  • Utilize GPS tracker apps on your smart phone.
  • Stick with your friends and identify a suitable meeting point so if you do get split up you can find each other even if someone has lost their phone or had it stolen.
  • Don’t leave handbags open or pockets easily accessible.
  • Don't keep cash, cards and valuables in one place - spread them out among your pockets and clothing, using pockets secured by zips/buttons or in pockets inside jackets where possible. Be aware that in a crowded environment, where contact with other people is unavoidable, thieves will try to unzip/unbutton pockets and bags.

If your phone or personal property is stolen:

  • As soon as you realise that any of your property is missing, inform both our security team and the Police immediately. Do not wait until you get home.
  • Contact your network provider to ask for the SIM card and handset to be blocked. Telephone numbers for network providers can be found here:

For more advice and information visit the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit’s website at: