'Keep an eye on your phone', urge Kent Police on anti-theft day
PUBLISHED: 16:21 20 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 March 2014
Keep an eye on your phone - that is the message from Kent Police ahead of an expected rise in thefts.
The force is raising awareness about mobile phone thefts and urging people to take steps to stop becoming victims.
About 3,000 phones are reported stolen in Kent every week and incidents rise heading into spring.
Det Insp Susan Smith said: “It takes seconds for a thief to strike and by not protecting your phone you can allow them easy access to your personal information and data, which could also lead you to become a victim of fraud.”
She urged people never to leave phones unattended on a table or bar, keep it close and register with national stolen property database Immobilise.
Teenagers and those in their early twenties are most at risk, particularly women, and most thefts take place between 1pm and 5pm.