Be alert to phone thefts

Grampian Police are alerting people to be vigilant of the risks of phone theft in pubs.

Officers are urging members of the public to be wary of phone thieves while visiting licensed premises in the North-east.

Crime Reduction Officer, Constable Kevin Murray, said: “We want to remind people to be vigilant when they are out and about in the dark nights and in pubs and clubs. Taking the following security measures can reduce the risk of you becoming a victim of phone theft.

“Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants and make sure that you keep your phone, or bag containing your phone, close to you.

“Never leave it unattended, even for a short period.

“Take care if you’re using your phone when walking and make sure you are paying attention to what’s going on around you”

Police say there are important steps to take in the event of your phone being stolen.

Constable Murray added: “Register your phone with your network operator. This means they can block calls if your phone is stolen so the thief can’t use it.

“You can also register your mobile on a free property database such as ‘Immobilise’.

“Such databases will help the police, your insurer, and the second-hand traders, to assist in recovering your phone.

“Record your 15 - digit registration number (also known as the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity Number) and phone number.

“Keep these numbers separate and safe. You can find your IMEI number by keying *#06# into most phones or by looking underneath the phone battery.

“If your phone is stolen report it to your network operator and to the Police as soon as possible.

“Your phone can be blocked, just like a stolen credit card, and it can’t be used again.”

“If you have an Android or smart phone consider downloading an app to your phone, which will improve its security by providing a way to locate the phone if it’s stolen. Anyone who wants to report the theft of a phone or has information about telephone thefts should contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.