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  Teenage thieves target mobile phones
Updated 19 October 2001, 16.59

Police are warning people to be extra careful when using their mobile phones.

That's because the latest figures show that half of all street crime in London now involves mobiles.

Fact File
Police advice
Mark your phone to identify it
Avoid using your phone in public
Thieves prefer the latest models
The thieves, many of them teenagers, don't even sell the phones, using them once or twice before throwing them away.

Police believe many of the thefts are an extension of playground bullying.

New technology

In the future police are hoping to be able to use new technology to stop the thieves.

They think "phone bombing" may be the answer - where the mobile phone companies send hundreds of text messages to the stolen phone very quickly, making it unusable.


 
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