Police are urging members of the public to keep their mobile phones in safe locations whilst in public and at work as Browns Plains Police have noticed an increase in theft of unaccompanied mobile phones in major shopping centres.
Police also warn the public to not to leave phones unaccompanied on counters or tables in crowded public places.
Officer in Charge Browns Plains police beat acting senior constable Daniel Kelly said a stolen mobile can cost more than the replacement.
“People who steal mobile phones will often try to on-sell them via social media noticeboards, or online trading websites to make some quick cash,” he said.
“With the widespread use of mobile phones for Internet banking, online purchases and relaying personal information via e-mails and text messaging, a member of the public can leave themselves vulnerable to cyber-crime and identity theft.”
Police encourage the public to regularly back-up phones on a safe personal computer, be updated with the latest operating software and utilise a “find my phone” application as these applications can greatly assist police with stolen phone investigations.
Police also warn buyers that if they see someone trying to sell a mobile phone quickly and cheaper than others to be aware as you may be purchasing stolen property.
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