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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 21:05 GMT
Cards aid mobile phone security
Schoolchildren in County Durham are being targeted in a new campaign to protect mobile phones from thieves.

Thousands of mobile phone record cards have been distributed to secondary schools, community centres and youth centres in the Sedgefield area.

The size of a credit card, they contain crime prevention advice and essential service provider contact information.

They also note the phone's serial and the IMEI numbers, allowing the owner to disable it in the event of theft.

Sedgefield Community Safety Partnership hopes to make young people aware of the risks by having their phone on show and how they can be more vigilant in the future.

'Essential information'

Sedgefield Crime Prevention Officer, Neil Langthorne, said: "Mobile phones have become not only a means of communication but fashion accessories and portable music systems.

"Flashing your mobile phone is just like flashing your wallet.

"We are urging youngsters in the Borough to be discreet, particularly when using their phone in public.

"By carrying one of these cards, separate to their phone, they can have all of the essential information available at their fingertips should they become a victim of theft."

The cards are also available at local leisure centres, borough council offices and Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor police stations.


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