A WARNING over the theft of mobile phones in Moray’s restaurants, bars and clubs has been issued.
Grampian Police has urged phone owners to be aware that thieves view increasingly expensive mobiles as lucrative targets.
Crime reduction officer, Constable Kevin Murray, said taking a few security measures can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Restaurant and pub-goers should not leave phones in view and should keep the phone, or bag containing the phone, close.
“Never leave it unattended, even for a short period. Take care if you’re using your phone when walking and make sure you are paying attention to what’s going on around you,” he said.
“Register your phone with your network operator. This means they can block calls if your phone is stolen so the thief can’t use it.
Writing down the 15-digit registration number (IMEI number) and phone number is also advised. These should be kept separate and safe.
Constable Murray added: “If your phone is stolen report it to your network operator and to the police as soon as possible. Your phone can be blocked, just like a stolen credit card, and it can’t be used again.
“If you have an android or smart phone consider downloading an app to your phone, which will improve its security by providing a way to locate the phone if it’s stolen.”
To report the theft of a phone or if you have information about telephone thefts, contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.