MUSIC lovers flocking to Sheffield for the Tramlines Festival are being urged to keep their valuables safe to avoid being targeted by pickpockets and criminals on the look out for easy targets.
Thousands of revellers are expected in the city centre over the weekend for the free event, with bands and solo artistes lined up to perform across 70 venues, including bars, clubs and the main stage at Devonshire Green.
Headline acts include Reverend and the Makers, We Are Scientists and Roots Manuva, with police expecting huge crowds for their sets.
A police plan has been drawn up to try to ensure the safety of all festival goers, with extra bobbies drafted in for the weekend.
Superintendent Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said the safety of all festival goers was paramount.
He said those in large crowds should be ‘extra vigilant’ with the safety of their bags, mobile phones, cameras and wallets.
Police are also urging people not to drink too much.
He said: “We want everyone who is attending the Tramlines Festival to have an enjoyable time in support of the event, and to take care of their personal possessions, drink sensibly and stay safe.”
Supt Morley urged festival goers travelling to the event by car to plan their route and leave plenty of tome to get there in case of congestion.
With extra vehicles parking in the city over the weekend, motorists are also being reminded to remove all valuables from sight.