Police bid to tackle mobile phone thefts in Mid Ulster

Mobile phone security campaign
Mobile phone security campaign

Police in Mid Ulster have launched a campaign to highlight the problem of missing and stolen mobile phones. During the month of November, local officers are ‘teaming up’ with local licensed premises in a bid to tackle this issue.

They aim promote crime prevention measures which members of the public can adopt to help prevent them becoming a victim of crime.

The campaign is predominately aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds as analysis indicates that this age group is particularly prone to report stolen or missing phones, however the crime prevention advice will be of benefit to everyone. The campaign is being rolled out in various nightclubs and licensed premises Cookstown, Omagh, Dungannon and Fermanagh areas with information being posted on the PSNI’s Facebook pages. PSNI Detective Inspector Hazel Reid also features in a short crime prevention film, which can be viewed on the PSNI’s Facebook pages. This will give people practical advice on how to prevent the theft of mobile phones.

Local PSNI Inspector Keith Jamieson has urged members of the public to remain vigilant in a bid to combat mobile thefts in the area.

Inspector Jamieson said: “Members of the public can reduce the risk of mobile theft by following a few simple steps.

“Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants and try to avoid walking and texting at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you and the phone will be on show.

“Keep calls in public places as brief as possible, the longer you talk, the more likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.

“Don’t tempt these mobile phone thieves; be aware when making a call.

“Remember that thieves frequently operate in crowded places in the town centre.By taking a few simple steps you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of mobile phone theft,” she said.

Always use your phone’s security lock code or PIN number.

Security mark the battery (and phone) with your postcode and street number or the first two letters of your house name.

Register your phone with the operator. If you report your phone stolen, the operator should then be able to bar the SIM card and if you can give, them the 15-digit serial or IMEI number and render the phone inoperable.

When using your phone, remain aware of your surroundings and do not use it in crowded areas or where you feel unsafe.

Avoid displaying your phone where it is in public view. Keep it with you at all times and do not leave it unattended.

If your phone is stolen, please give these details to the police:

· Fascia details

· Phone number

· Serial/IMEI number

· PIN number

Inspector Jamieson said, “The theft of a mobile phone can be both distressing and inconvenient for the victim and we would encourage everyone to take heed of the crime prevention advice.”

To report incidents of mobile theft contact Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.