Police launch site to clampdown on mobile phone theft

24 March 2014

The police have launched a new webpage dedicated to mobile phone security to clampdown on theft.

In 2012/13 there were 742,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales with 16 to 24-year-olds the most likely to be targetted.

The police have teamed up with phone manufacturers, including Apple, Blackberry, Samsung and Sony, to encourage people to make better use of their phone's security features.

These include tracking tools and the ability to wipe data and lock stolen handsets remotely.

The webpage contains links to information on the security features different manufacturers include in their products and how to enable them.

There's also advice on how to keep your phone out of reach from criminals.  

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: "Crime is down more than 10% but theft from the person has gone up, bucking the overall trend."

He added that the new advice service was "vital new tool that will help people protect their handsets and make would-be thieves think twice".

"Mobile phone technology is changing all the time and we need innovative solutions to ensure we get ahead of criminals.

"The UK is a world leader in responding to mobile phone crime, with the industry and the police already working together to block stolen phones within 48 hours - stopping them being re-used in this country and making them less valuable."

The website can be found at police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-your-mobile-phone.

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