Since the first weekend of ACL 2018, the Austin Police Department (APD) has received sixty-two reports of thefts at the festival. A majority of these were handled as “thefts from person” cases, commonly referred to as pick pocketing. In almost all of the cases, the item stolen was a cell phone.
Phones are being quickly powered down or placed into airplane mode to prevent any tracking (such as Find my iPhone or Google). We strongly encourage folks to record their device serial numbers and keep it somewhere else in case they need to reference it.
The Austin Police Department encourages festivalgoers to do the following:
Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds
Keep your phone and ID/credit cards/cash in separate places on your person
Phones sticking out of back pockets or backpacks are not secure
Keep property in a defensible location (front pocket, stylish fanny pack) or leave it at home (yeah, right!)
Record serial number information for your device and keep it separate
Notify on-site security/APD immediately for assistance
No arrests have been made in these thefts. Anyone with information about these cases are asked to call Region IV Detectives at 512-974-8100. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701