District Two has seen a recent trend of cell phone thefts and robberies where cell phones are being taken. There have been approximately 20 such incidents in the District Two area since the beginning of the year. According to a recent report by The Today Show, cell phone thefts are largely driven by the resale value of smart phones. According to the report, the resold stolen cell phones are able to be reactivated without issue. According to the report, cell phone carriers could help put a stop to this trend by sharing stolen phone identification information and refusing to activate the stolen phones on their systems. Apparently, this is being done in countries like Great Britain and Australia, where incidents involving the loss of cell phones are declining. All across the US, crimes involving the loss of a cell phone are apparently on the rise. In District Two we are seeing cell phones 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 letting 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. If you have any questions or comments please contact your area’s Community Resource Officer.
Technician Amy Esten
District Two Community Resource Officer