Croydon police warn youngsters over Christmas gift thieves

Croydon Guardian: The iPhone was a popular Christmas gift this year The iPhone was a popular Christmas gift this year

Police are telling Croydon's youngsters to register their new gadgets to prevent expensive Christmas presents falling into the hands of thieves.

Officers will launch a two-week safety campaign on Monday to encourage schoolkids to link gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets to a website to help trace them if stolen.

Police suggest youngsters to register electronics with the Immobilise website before returning to school after the Christmas break, when thieves are often on the prowl.

Officers will handing out information at transport hubs at the beginning and end of the school day on Monday.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Baxter, who is leading the operation said: "A lot of young people will have received new phones or tablets for Christmas and will be keen to take these to school and show them to their friends. However, thieves are well aware of this and will be looking to take advantage.

"A new iPhone is worth several hundred pounds, so it’s important to make sure it’s properly registered and has security apps installed such as ‘Find my i-phone’ app, which will help us should it be stolen."

He added: "As well as registering your property it’s also important to be aware of what’s going on around you. Make sure you travel with a friend to and from school and keep your valuables out of sight when you’re on the bus or in public."

To help protect your phone and other valuables follow these simple steps:

  • Be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in crowded places or train stations
  • When you get off a train, tram or bus, don’t use your phone immediately - leave it a while
  • Don’t walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you
  • Make a note of your phone’s IMEI number and register your phone on the Immobilise website - www.immobilise.com - to help police recover your phone if it gets stolen. To find out what your phone’s IMEI number is, type *#06# on your phone’s keypad
  • If you’ve got a smartphone, download a tracker app, which can also help police locate your phone should it be stolen

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7:18pm Wed 1 Jan 14

motomoto says...

Parents must have more money than common sense giving a child an I phone.......how many teenagers of school age do you see flashing these items about ?......and then they get stolen because these teenagers are not street wise and insist at getting them out at every chance and on public transport too which is how all these low life gangster rap phone thieves travel !
It wouldn't matter how much my son begs me there is NO WAY that I would buy him an I phone knowing that it's highly likely that it would get stolen and more to the point why should I line the pockets of some low life gangster rap rude boy rubbish phone thief ?
And the same goes for these tablets as well........why do they need to be taken out of the home ?.......flashing these items about is asking for trouble and shows a complete and utter lack of common sense !
Parents must have more money than common sense giving a child an I phone.......how many teenagers of school age do you see flashing these items about ?......and then they get stolen because these teenagers are not street wise and insist at getting them out at every chance and on public transport too which is how all these low life gangster rap phone thieves travel ! It wouldn't matter how much my son begs me there is NO WAY that I would buy him an I phone knowing that it's highly likely that it would get stolen and more to the point why should I line the pockets of some low life gangster rap rude boy rubbish phone thief ? And the same goes for these tablets as well........why do they need to be taken out of the home ?.......flashing these items about is asking for trouble and shows a complete and utter lack of common sense ! motomoto

1:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

ANNE GILES says...

Very true. I can't understand parents who spend that amount of money on a Christmas present. By publishing stories like this, other children, whose parents are not rolling in money, will feel hard done by. I was lucky. My parents were sensible. The most expensive thing I ever had was half the money towards a bicycle. The rest came out of pocket money I had saved. The maximum I spend on relations' children is £10 on each.
Very true. I can't understand parents who spend that amount of money on a Christmas present. By publishing stories like this, other children, whose parents are not rolling in money, will feel hard done by. I was lucky. My parents were sensible. The most expensive thing I ever had was half the money towards a bicycle. The rest came out of pocket money I had saved. The maximum I spend on relations' children is £10 on each. ANNE GILES

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