Cell­phone thefts are ris­ing

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON

There were 15 fam­ily harm in­ci­dents for the week. Four of these re­sulted in ar­rests which were mainly for as­saults and breach­ing court or­ders.

There were a range of dif­fer­ent causes to these in­ci­dents from ar­gu­ments over noth­ing at all to in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stances.

Al­co­hol tends to con­tinue to be the main ag­gra­va­tor.

There were five bur­glar­ies for the week.

In one of these youths, aged 13 and 14, have been dealt with through Youth Aid.

The other bur­glar­ies in­volved the likes of some­one break­ing into a house to stay there and at­tempts to gain ac­cess into stor­age con­tain­ers.

The main thing be­ing stolen at the mo­ment is cell­phones. We have had quite a few with six or more in the last week.

This typ­i­cally comes down to peo­ple leav­ing them unat­tended in pub­lic spa­ces.

The thing is they are of no use to who­ever takes them as mod­ern day phones are locked. You can try and hook them up to an­other ser­vice provider but once they have been re­ported stolen they won’t sign them up.

There are a num­ber of apps you can down­load on smart­phones to help pro­tect them and hope­fully track them down so make sure you utilise them and ac­ti­vate the GPS tracker.

‘‘There are a num­ber of apps you can down­load on smart­phones to help pro­tect them.’’

STEPHEN LAM

Po­lice warn peo­ple not to leave their phones unat­tended.

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