Local police have cautioned vigilance against theft.
Acting Sen Sgt Peter Robertson of Melbourne East Police Station says bag and phone theft is particularly prevalent around Melbourne Central and QV.
“Statistics from these areas show up every month, but increases in the number of people also means more opportunity for thieves,” he said.
Acting Sen Sgt Robertson said extra uniformed and plain clothes police were patrolling these areas as part of Operation Central.
“We’re working in with the management and security services of Melbourne Central and QV,” he said.