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Public urged not to confront phone thieves after thefts in Brighton

.People using tracking websites to trace their stolen phones are being urged not to confront thieves

Police call-handlers are to start using the websites to follow the movements of people’s phones if they report them stolen.

But after a confrontation in central Brighton on Thursday, November 8, officers are telling the public: “Leave it to us”.

On Thursday, police arrested four men after a woman tracked down her phone on a night out.

The woman had her phone stolen in Audio nightclub in Marine Parade, Brighton, early Thursday morning.

She used her friend’s phone to log in to a signal-tracking website.

They then confronted the suspects in St James’s Street at about 4.30am.

Sussex Police were called and arrested four men from Essex in their early 20s.

It is not the first case in which people have been able to react quickly to a theft using the websites.

Followed signal

An Algerian teenager from London was charged with handling stolen goods after police followed a signal from Black Lion Street to East Street, Brighton.

Inspector Gareth Davies said he would encourage people to call police if their phone appears to be on the move, rather than confronting thieves themselves.

He said: “If people suspect it has been stolen that is for us to deal with and they should call it in as soon as possible.”

Sussex Police call-handlers are expected to be equipped to use the websites so they can immediately send officers to the areas where suspects are operating.

Officers working on the anti-theft drive Operation Tea Leaf say the use of websites where phone owners register so their signals are picked up can offer a chance to snare the people behind the crime boom.

Inspector Gareth Davies, of Sussex Police, said: “It is a line of investigation that is becoming more and more successful.

“We want to utilise that right at the start and we are putting things in place to do that ourselves.”

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4:00pm Mon 12 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

Lets just hope the culprits get what they deserve
Lets just hope the culprits get what they deserve leobrighton
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4:07pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Would it be entrapment if the police bugged a dozen phones, gave them to dipsy blondes and sent them to a disco for them to be stolen?

Then hey presto!!
Would it be entrapment if the police bugged a dozen phones, gave them to dipsy blondes and sent them to a disco for them to be stolen? Then hey presto!! Algeria Touchshriek
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4:22pm Mon 12 Nov 12

davyboy says...

smartphones are the big thing to steal, as they are easy to sell on. if the police don't want people to confront thieves, then they have to react as soon as one is reported missing. it is no good saying somebody will talk to you later. tracking apps are a good idea, and clearly they do work. better still, look after your phone in the first place!
smartphones are the big thing to steal, as they are easy to sell on. if the police don't want people to confront thieves, then they have to react as soon as one is reported missing. it is no good saying somebody will talk to you later. tracking apps are a good idea, and clearly they do work. better still, look after your phone in the first place! davyboy
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5:33pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Charlie Oscar says...

Unfortunatly you cannot rely on local plod being able to log on before the thieves have sold or disabled the phone. mind u saying that they get a detection out of it then they might ask chc to get a move on.

sorry, but know what they are like
Unfortunatly you cannot rely on local plod being able to log on before the thieves have sold or disabled the phone. mind u saying that they get a detection out of it then they might ask chc to get a move on. sorry, but know what they are like Charlie Oscar
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5:54pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Dr.Draconian says...

By the time old bill show up the phone will be gone, so the choice is yours:
Get involved or get a new phone.
Personally I would be kicking some butt.
By the time old bill show up the phone will be gone, so the choice is yours: Get involved or get a new phone. Personally I would be kicking some butt. Dr.Draconian
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11:16pm Mon 12 Nov 12

funkyyoyo says...

ditto,plus stolen phones are blocked in the uk,unless they are sent abroad
ditto,plus stolen phones are blocked in the uk,unless they are sent abroad funkyyoyo
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