Increase in mobile phone thefts in Hull

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Increase in mobile phone thefts in Hull

Humberside Police are warning people to be aware of thieves stealing mobile phones in Hull night clubs.

They have had nine reports of thefts of phones, often iPhones, being taken from handbags and pockets in January alone.  They also had 13 cases reported to us in the three months before Christmas.

The clubs affected are Atik, Mission and Propaganda.  There may be other victims who have not reported it to them, if you have been in these clubs recently and have had your phone stolen or lost, Humberside Police would like to hear from you.

Anyone who knows who is responsible for the thefts and may have been trying to sell them on or if you have been offered one of these phones please call Humberside Police on 101 quoting reference 16/17720/18

Handling stolen goods is a crime.  Knowingly buying stolen goods is an offence.  If you know anyone who is buying or selling stolen goods, call Humberside Police on 101.  Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, you won’t be asked your name and you could receive a cash reward.

 

Protect your devices

Your mobile is so much more than a phone. It’s your phone book, internet, email, social media, maps, personal banker, camera, photo library and weather forecaster. That’s why the police strongly advise you to read on, to see how you can prevent yourself from being a victim of mobile theft.

Don’t leave your phone, iPad, tablet or camera unattended, out of your sight or left on a table – thieves can grab a phone in seconds.

Always be aware of your mobile and your whereabouts and act accordingly. And when you’ve finished using it, put it away.

Ensure you retain a record of your phone’s IMEI number. This is a 15-digit unique number which can be obtained by keying in *#06#. You need this information if the phone is lost or stolen. And don’t keep a note of it on your phone as it defeats the object.

Use your device’s security features, apps or PIN locking mechanisms to protect your data and prevent the phone being used if stolen.

Register for free on an accredited mobile phone database such as Immobilise www.immobilise.com.  This helps police to identify you as the rightful owner.

Track it. Consider installing a tracker app on your smartphone. They’re readily available online. If your mobile’s ever stolen, act promptly.