Make the most of technology to protect phones

SMART phone owners are being advised to make the most of modern technology to help protect their property.

Download applications, such as the free Apple Find My iPhone app, are now available to track smart phones via GPS if they are lost or stolen, enabling police to trace them.

Temporary Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Balmer said: “While it’s vital that people should always make sure their phones are secure by keeping them in zipped compartments and close to them at all times, it’s good practice to take measures just in case the phone is lost or stolen.

“By utilising the built-in mechanisms it can help us trace the phone and in some cases, the offender. For those people who don’t have such phones I’d encourage them to register with the national property database Immobilise, which means if your phone or other property is stolen and later recovered it’s returned to the rightful owner.”

People are also advised to note their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, which can be used to prevent the phone being accessed.

It can be found by typing *#06# into the phone. Immobilise is at www.immobilise.co.uk