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Technology is allowing us to do more and more things through our phones – from shopping to banking to social media – as well as making calls and sending texts.

Not only are our phones more valuable in themselves, but many of them will also contain valuable data, whether that's downloaded music and films, the photographs you have taken, or other personal information. As a result, mobile phones can be a very tempting target for thieves, with the loss of a phone causing great inconvenience to the user.

However, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your mobile phone against theft including:

  • use the security features provided.
  • be aware of your surroundings.
  • know how to identify it when the phone is stolen.

For further information and advice, please visit the police.uk website.