Denver Police are seeing an increase in cell phone thefts across the country, particularly in the Northeast. In Denver, the number of phones taken in the commission of a crime from January 1, 2012 through April 1, 2012 is 462, which is the same number for that time period in 2011. However, the number of Apple iPhones increased from 95 in 2011 to 155 in 2012, a 63.2% increase. It is unknown why there is an increase in one particular brand.It may be because the ratio of those phones is greater in our community and/or reflecting an overall increase in smart-phone theft.
All across the US, crimes involving the loss of a cell phone are increasing. They are apparently being taken or stolen from people, vehicles, homes, and even the cell phone carrier stores. Of course, the most dangerous trend we’re seeing is an increase of violent street robberies of individuals for their cell phones. Here are a few tips to help avoid becoming a victim of this crime.
- Do not flash your cell phone in public or set it down while you are purchasing items.
- Be aware of where you are, your immediate surroundings, and who may be watching when you use your cell phone.
- Decline to let strangers borrow your phone to make a phone call.
- If a stranger asks to use your phone for an emergency, tell them that you will call 911 for them.
- If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of being robbed for your cell phone, give up the phone. Your phone can be replaced. Your life can’t.
- Do not leave your phone in your vehicle.
- Keep your phone out of plain view while at home.
- When purchasing a new cell phone from a store, place the new phone in a purse or pocket prior to leaving the store.
- Don’t purchase a used cell phone unless you can be certain that the phone is not stolen.
If you do have a lost or stolen cell phone, please ensure that you make a police report providing as much information as possible, including serial number, make, model, and carrier information. Not only will this be beneficial to you if the phone is found but also beneficial to the police so that we can better track either the rise or decline of this type of crime.