HIGH-visibility gear could be the new way for thieves to blend into the crowd said Scarborough Police senior Sergeant Glenn Dowding.
Sgt Dowding said there had been an increasing trend of thefts committed by people wearing high-vis clothing.
“It is quite surprising, hi-vis work clothing has become a new way to blend in,” he said.
“It allows people to blend in places where you might not usually; they could be a tradie.”
Sgt Dowding said police would like to speak to a man about the theft of a tradesman’s phone plugged in at Innaloo shopping centre on April 20.
The man was wearing a fluoro shirt and was dressed like a tradesman and carrying a large trowel.
Sgt Dowding said he could not confirm whether the man was working on refurbishments at the shopping centre.
“Until we speak to him and indentify him, we don’t know,” he said.
“I’d advise anyone to always check identification cards, especially on building sites where valuable items could be stolen.”