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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Bluetooth 'being used for thefts'
Thieves are using mobile phones to detect laptop computers and other equipment hidden in cars, police have warned.

West Mercia Police believe thieves are using Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones to detect hidden electrical equipment.

Laptops and satellite navigation systems, hidden under car seats or in boots, have been stolen during a spate of car crime in south-west Redditch.

Sergeant Julian Smith called on people to be more aware of the dangers.

"What is most likely is that if somebody leaves a laptop in their vehicle, even if it's hidden away, if it's on stand-by somebody with Bluetooth on their mobile phone is able to detect the presence of that laptop," he said.

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