It looks like the Police in the UK are getting proactive in the war against mobile phone theft and are actively promoting users to download theft prevention and tracking apps such as BlackBerry Protect to their devices. On the Hertfordshire Constabulary website they published an article this week which is clearly geared towards publicizing the fact that smartphones do get stolen but with a tracking app on-board the chances of recovery is greatly increased.
We have covered BlackBerry Protect many times here on the site so I won't bore you with repetition, however, if the Police are advising users to use BlackBerry Protect I would listen up.
DI Paul Doran, from the Crime Reduction Unit said:
"We are encouraging all smartphone owners to download an app for tracing your phone. Then, if it is lost or stolen, it is much more likely that you can get it back. Even if your phone is covered by insurance and you can get a replacement, losing all your contacts and other personal details can be devastating.
"These new applications are very useful tools for tracking down stolen goods and catching criminals in the act. If owners report thefts quickly enough there's a better chance of getting their phones back and for us to catch the perpetrators before they have disposed of any evidence.
"This technology can have other uses for the police such as tracing missing persons, and we would urge families with vulnerable members to securely record their account details which are required to activate this facility."
If you need the app it is free to download and as well as backing up your contacts, calendar and sms messages it allows for your BlackBerry to be traced using GPS if it is lost or stolen. What are you waiting for? Download now!
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