|Police Launch 'Where's Yours?' Campaign in Wigan
Find My iPhone option on an iPhone
Police in Wigan are urging people to download GPS enabled apps on their smartphones and tablets to help officers track them down should they be stolen.
Officers are promoting the campaign to students in particular by handing out cards and displaying posters at Wigan and Leigh College.
The technology, which is free on iPhones and iPads and also available in free versions for the Blackberry and other smartphones and tablets, means that owners can follow the movements of their devices should they misplace, lose or have them stolen.
Once loaded, the technology allows owners to log their passwords into any other web-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone and work with officers to hunt down the stolen device. Police are not able to use this technology without the owner’s consent and passwords.
The tracking applications can also be used by the owner to remotely lockdown and even delete sensitive or personal data from the device to prevent thieves using it for other criminal activity.
Further information on downloading and using these apps, and other general advice on safeguarding valuables from thieves, is available on the Where’s Yours? pages of Greater Manchester Police’s website at www.gmp.police.uk/wheresyours
Inspector Glenn Jones of the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “One in three adults in the UK now owns a smartphone or tablet costing hundreds of pounds. As well as being valuable they are also portable and easy to conceal and sell on making them ideal targets for thieves.
“Owners can help safeguard them from thieves by keeping them out of sight in a secure pocket or bag when out and about and remaining vigilant when using them in public places. They can also use the security locking codes on these devices and download GPS based apps that help owners to find them if lost or stolen.”