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Police urge people to protect electronic gifts

PUBLISHED: 09:20 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:20 31 December 2014

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There are simple steps to protect mobile phones from opportunist thieves.

People in Bromley and Bexley who have received new electronic gadgets for Christmas are being advised to take simple steps to protect them from thieves.

Officers traditionally see a spike in mobile phone crime at the end of December into January as people carry new devices around with them.

Commander Simon Letchford, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “Whether shopping or enjoying a night out, people need be aware of what they are carrying with them.

“Expensive gadgets make them ideal targets for thieves.

“They should take as much care of their phones as they would with their other valuables - they would be reluctant for example to openly display hundreds of pounds worth of cash in the street.

“There are a number of practical steps they can take to help protect their property - and which will give us the best chance in the event of a robbery or theft of getting their mobiles back to them. I would urge all owners to take the time to carry these out.”

Police are advising people to activate security features including a pin lock or password, register mobile phones on Immobilise.com, never them them unattended and keep them out of reach in busy places.

People are also advised to take care when using their mobiles in the street, as those checking mobiles while walking along could easily have them grabbed out of their hands.

If your phone is stolen report it to police as soon as possible on 101, or if violence was involved, 999.

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